Steve Bannon to Report to Federal Penitentiary, Continues War Room Podcast Outside Prison

Steve Bannon, former Trump adviser, is set to report to the low-security FCI Danbury federal penitentiary on Monday after failing to persuade federal courts to pause his sentence for contempt of Congress. Bannon plans to tape one last episode of his War Room podcast outside the prison before surrendering. The podcast, known for its pro-MAGA messaging, will continue with guest hosts, including politicians Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Lauren Boebert, until Bannon’s release on November 1, 2022.

In an interview, Bannon referred to himself as a political prisoner and claimed that his successful platform, which reaches the common man, is the reason for his imprisonment. He stated that the show will continue to grow in his absence and accused his detractors of overplaying their hand. Bannon expects to be treated like any other prisoner and does not anticipate receiving any special treatment.

While Bannon cannot operate his podcast behind bars, he believes he can still opine on the day’s news through other outlets. About 20 different co-hosts, including conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec and former Trump administration official Kash Patel, will contribute to the show during his incarceration. Bannon’s aim is to create a lasting anti-establishment right-wing movement, rather than solely focusing on boosting Trump.

Bannon requested to be placed in the FCI Danbury prison as a symbolic gesture, as it once housed Hollywood screenwriter Ring Lardner Jr., who served time for contempt of Congress. The Bureau of Prisons does not comment on inmates’ conditions of confinement but allows inmates to submit telephone numbers for court, elected officials, and members of the news media.

Separately, Bannon is facing a criminal trial in New York state in September for alleged fraud related to the “We Build the Wall” fundraising campaign. He has pleaded not guilty to these charges. Bannon has been strategizing with GOP officials on how to portray the Democratic Party’s potential transfer to a new candidate as “toxic” following President Biden’s debate with Trump.

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