Steve Bannon could soon be in jail after a failed appeal.

A federal appeals court has upheld the criminal conviction of former Trump strategist Steve Bannon.

The ruling could soon send Bannon, 70, to prison after years of legal wrangling.

He was convicted in 2022 of contempt of Congress for refusing to testify or provide documents to a committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot.

Bannon’s lawyer said he would file another appeal, adding, that there are “important constitutional issues”.

Bannon was jailed for four months and ordered to pay a fine of $6,500 (£5,200).

But the right-wing podcaster, who has denied wrongdoing, could stay out of jail and challenge his conviction.

Bannon’s lawyers characterized the case as politically motivated, saying he was trying to negotiate — not ignore — the committee’s challenges.

Bannon himself said he was following legal advice by refusing to testify before the House committee investigating the 2021 attack to prevent Congress from certifying that Joe Biden won the 2020 election.

The US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously rejected Bannon’s argument, saying it “fell on its head with existing law.”

“This particular “advice” defense is not a defense,” Judge Bradley Garcia wrote on behalf of the Biden-appointed court, a panel that also included Trump and Obama appointees.

Bannon was not ordered to begin his four-month term immediately. He now has seven days to file a new appeal.

His attorney, David Schoen, said he will ask the 11-judge D.C. Court of Appeal to hear the case.

Mr. Schoen argued that Donald Trump invoked executive privilege — the law that allows presidents to keep certain communications private — and that Bannon was violating the law by testifying before Congress.

Bannon’s legal team advised him, Mr. Schoen said, that “it is not clear that he is not legally permitted to respond to the subpoena in any way.”

Peter Navarro, another senior Trump aide, reported to prison in March for contempt of Congress.

In his 2021 memoir, Trump Time, Navarro said he was the architect of the strategy to challenge the 2020 election results that made Joe Biden president.

Bannon was a key figure in Trump’s successful 2016 election campaign and later assumed the role of chief strategist in the White House.

He resigned from his post after a violent far-right protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. Even after his departure, the combative podcaster was considered Trump’s most important ally..

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