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Justice Under Scrutiny: Steve Bannon Ordered to Jail - Not Going to Shut Up Maga

A federal judge has ordered former Trump White House aide Steven Bannon to report to jail by July 1 to begin his four-month sentence for contempt of Congress. This decision comes after a three-judge appeals panel rejected Bannon's bid to overturn his conviction. U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols ruled in favor of the prosecutors, stating that Bannon must self-surrender, citing the conclusive ruling from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that rejected all grounds for Bannon's appeal.

Bannon was sentenced more than a year and a half ago, in October 2022, for failing to appear for a deposition ordered by the now-disbanded House Jan. 6 committee and refusing to turn over subpoenaed documents. He is one of two former Trump advisers convicted for contempt of Congress, with Peter Navarro currently serving his sentence for similar charges.

Prosecutors argued that there was no legal basis for Judge Nichols to continue the stay on Bannon serving his sentence, given the appellate court's decision. Despite this, Bannon insisted on appealing to the Supreme Court, arguing he should remain free during this process.

Speaking outside of court on Thursday, Bannon stated, "This is about shutting down the MAGA movement, shutting down grassroots conservatives, shutting down President Trump. There is not a prison built or a jail built that will ever shut me up," reiterating his plan to take his case to the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, notable discrepancies in the justice system persist, with Hunter Biden facing no such repercussions for defying Congress. This disparity raises questions about fairness and consistency in how justice is administered.

Bannon’s lawyer contended that there was "no basis" to send the podcast host and former Trump adviser to jail immediately, arguing that his appeal hasn't yet reached a bench that has the authority to overturn a key precedent used to uphold the conviction. Despite these arguments, the Justice Department moved swiftly to incarcerate Bannon, stating that there was no longer a "substantial question of law that is likely to result in a reversal or an order for a new trial.

As Bannon prepares to serve his sentence, the contrast with other cases continues to fuel debates about the integrity and impartiality of the American justice system.

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