Marion McKeone: Bannon’s grandstanding will not be enough to keep him out of jail this time

Donald Trump’s chief strategist failed in his attempt to run out the clock on his criminal trial and is now facing between one month and two years in prison for contempt of Congress – and he is likely to face more serious allegations

Steve Bannon outside the E Barrett Prettyman Courthouse after being convicted of contempt of Congress. Picture: Getty

From his first court appearance at his arraignment last November until his conviction on Friday, Steve Bannon has relished his role as a self-styled January 6 martyr. His vilification of the committee investigating the events of that day in 2021, his refusal to respond to its subpoenas and his scorning of possible sanctions were an integral part of his War Room podcasts and his every public utterance.

That Bannon, who has found himself at the ...