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Former Trump political advisor Steve Bannon was found guilty by a federal jury on two charges of criminally disobeying a subpoena in connection with the assault on the U.S. Capitol last year.

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Just two government witnesses testified in the case, including the deputy staff director of the House Select Committee looking into the events of January6,2021, and Bannon offered no defence.

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The Justice Department assured the jury that the case was clear-cut and as straightforward as the language on the subpoena sent to Bannon last fall.

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In closing remarks, Assistant US Attorney Molly Gaston claimed that the defendant "choose fealty to Donald Trump over compliance with the law."

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Prosecutors claimed that Bannon had publicly declared his disobedience on the social media platform Gettr, writing that he had informed lawmakers he would "NOT comply" on October8,2021, after the first committee deadline had passed.

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The Jan. 6 committee's Kristin Amerling, the lead government witness, informed the jury that the committee wanted to learn more about Bannon's interactions with former President Trump, his presence with others at the Willard Hotel in the early2021, and his comment that "all hell is going to break loose" on the War Room podcast the day before the Capitol siege.

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Thanks to his popularity in right-wing media and his connection to Trump, the former White House chief strategist has emerged as a major player in Republican politics.

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Bannon failed to show up for a deposition last year and offered no papers to the Democratic-led committee, arguing that Trump's assertion of executive privilege prevented him from appearing.

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The claim of privilege was questioned by U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols, and Trump's own attorney implied that it would not cover Bannon's complete lack of cooperation with the House Select Committee.

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The subpoena dates, which defence counsel Evan Corcoran referred to as "placeholders," were a mistake, he claimed, according to Bannon.

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Additionally, according to Corcoran, prosecutor Gaston and government witness Amerling were both members of the same book club and donated money to Democratic political candidates.

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The problem with bias is that sometimes people lose awareness of it, Corcoran said the jury.

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The prosecution said that the attempt to politicise the case was merely a smokescreen to mislead the jurors.

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David Schoen, his attorney, noted that Judge Nichols had disregarded legal precedence that had eliminated some of Bannon's trial defences, but added that the appeals court might give the matter another look once it got there.

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Criminal contempt cases are uncommon, but so is a witness' choice to completely disregard congressional orders.

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Peter Navarro, a different significant Trump aide, is due to stand trial in November on contempt-related charges. Navarro entered a not-guilty plea.

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