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Steve Bannon says he has no regrets about going to prison

Steve Bannon says he has no regrets about going to prison

On Monday, Steve Bannon will be behind bars in a federal prison, but Trump’s former White House adviser said Friday that he feels great and has no regrets about opposing Congress to prevent his role in the attack on the US Capitol on January 6 by a pro-Trump mob.

Bannon told ABC “This Week” host Jonathan Karl that he considers himself a “political prisoner” and that his four-month prison sentence will only increase his influence.

PHOTO: Steve Bannon speaks with ABC News.  (ABC news)PHOTO: Steve Bannon speaks with ABC News.  (ABC news)

PHOTO: Steve Bannon speaks with ABC News. (ABC News)

“I am a political prisoner… It will not change me. It will not suppress my voice. My voice will not be suppressed when I am there,” he told Karl.

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Bannon is due to report to federal prison on Monday after the Supreme Court on Friday rejected a request to stay out of jail while he appeals his conviction for contempt of Congress.

Bannon was sentenced to four months in prison in October 2022 after being found guilty of ignoring a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

PHOTO: Steve Bannon at the 'Turning Points: The People's Convention' on June 15, 2024 at the Huntington Place Convention Center in Detroit, Michigan.  (Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images)PHOTO: Steve Bannon at the 'Turning Points: The People's Convention' on June 15, 2024 at the Huntington Place Convention Center in Detroit, Michigan. (Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images)

PHOTO: Steve Bannon at the ‘Turning Points: The People’s Convention’ on June 15, 2024 at the Huntington Place Convention Center in Detroit, Michigan. (Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images)

After Bannon was convicted, U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols agreed to defer the prison sentence while Bannon appealed the conviction. Last month, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld his conviction and Nichols ordered Bannon on June 6 to report to prison on July 1.

Watch more of Jonathan Karl’s interview with Steve Bannon on Sunday’s episode of “This Week.”

Bannon told Karl that he still does not regret his refusal to comply with the House committee’s Jan. 6 subpoena and that he plans to appeal the court’s decision.

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“If it cost me a prison sentence to finally get the House moving and delegitimize the illegitimate J6 committee, then it’s worth it,” he said.

The Jan. 6 committee was created by a House resolution that passed in 2021 on a party-line vote of 222-190. Two Republicans, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Liz Cheney of Wyoming, co-sponsored the measure with Democrats and later served on the committee.

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