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Steve Bannon remains defiant for days before reporting to jail

Steve Bannon remains defiant for days before reporting to jail
Steve Bannon remains defiant for days before reporting to jail

Former Trump counselor Steve Bannon continued on Saturday to defend the actions that led to his prison sentence.

In an interview with NBC News, Bannon continued to insist that the commission’s Jan. 6 subpoenas “mean absolutely nothing” and repeated arguments about executive privilege that have been rejected by the courts.

The outspoken ally of former President Donald Trump is due to report to prison on Monday to begin serving a four-month prison sentence. He has not responded to subpoenas to appear before Congress during the investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Although Bannon was sentenced in 2022, his sentence was suspended while he attempted to appeal the convictions. A final attempt to appeal to the Supreme Court was rejected earlier this week, meaning Bannon must report to prison by July 1.

When asked what his endgame is, Bannon told NBC News it is “the victory or the death of this republic.”

“If we don’t win, the first thing they will do is tear up the constitution. That will be the death of the constitutional American republic we know,” he continued.

He made this claim earlier this month during his speech at the conservative Turning Point USA conference.

“Ladies and gentlemen, it’s very simple: victory or death!” Bannon said during his speech as the crowd cheered.

Bannon’s prison sentence stems from his conviction before Congress after he ignored the committee’s Jan. 6 request for testimony and documents. White House records show Bannon had multiple conversations with Trump on or near Jan. 6.

He continued to deflect a question from NBC News about the content of those conversations, calling them “personal and private” and citing claims of executive privilege, which the Jan. 6 committee said would not prevent him from testifying.

Bannon remains a staunch ally of the former president and continues to spread false claims of fraud in the 2020 election.

Former Trump adviser Peter Navarro has been in custody since March, serving a four-month prison sentence. Navarro was convicted on the same charges as Bannon.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com