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Supreme Court rejects bid by former Trump aide Steve Bannon to avoid jail in Jan. 6 contempt case

  • The Supreme Court rejected a request by former top Donald Trump aide Steve Bannon to avoid jail time for defying a subpoena issued by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot.
  • Bannon must begin his four-month jail sentence Monday.
  • Bannon was convicted of two counts of contempt of Congress in 2022.

The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a last-ditch effort by former Trump White House aide Steve Bannon to avoid reporting to jail next week while he appeals his conviction for defying a subpoena from a House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot.

Bannon, 70, is due to begin serving a four-month jail sentence for contempt of Congress on Monday.

The Supreme Court in its unsigned, one-sentence order Friday said Bannon's "application for release pending appeal presented to The Chief Justice [John Roberts] and by him referred to the Court is denied."

The court in March rejected a similar request from Peter Navarro, another ex-advisor to former President Donald Trump, who also had been sentenced to four months in jail for defying a subpoena from the Jan. 6 House investigative panel. Navarro will soon complete serving his sentence.

An attorney for Bannon did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment on the Supreme Court's order.

Bannon was convicted in July 2022 of two counts of contempt of Congress after a trial in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. His jail sentence was stayed in October 2022 pending an appeal of his conviction.

Last month, a three-judge federal appeals court panel upheld his conviction, rejecting an argument that Bannon did not break the law because his attorney had advised him not to comply with the Jan. 6 committee's subpoena because of the chance his

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