- Former White House adviser Steve Bannon was convicted on two contempt charges.
- Bannon was found guilty after refusing to comply with the House committee investigating January 6.
- Bannon said Friday he supports Trump and if he has to go to jail for that then “so be it.”
Hours after he was found guilty of contempt of Congress, former White House adviser Steve Bannon said he was willing to go to prison if it means supporting former President Donald Trump.
Bannon was convicted on Friday of two counts of contempt after refusing to comply with the House committee’s investigation into the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Bannon was indicted in November after he refused the committee’s subpoena that he sit for a deposition and provide documents.
Each count carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. His sentencing is set for October.
Leaving the courthouse, Bannon said he had lost the “battle” but not the “war” and vowed to appeal.
During an appearance on Fox News’s Tucker Carlson Tonight on Friday night that followed the conviction, Bannon stood by his actions. Carlson asked Bannon how he felt about the possibility of going to jail and whether or not he thought he would be safe.
“If I go to jail, I go to jail. I will never back off a second,” Bannon said before mentioning the years he spent as a Naval officer in the late ’70s and ’80s.
“I support Trump and the Constitution and I’m not backing off one inch, and if I go to jail, so be it,” he continued, adding that he anticipates a long appeal process and thinks the law is on his side.
Bannon also warned the January 6 committee that “there’s going to be a real committee, and this is going to be backed by Republican grassroots voters.”