Federal prosecutors made the recommendations for the former White House advisor for contempt of Congress
On Monday, U.S. federal prosecutors recommended that former President Donald Trump’s White House advisor Steve Bannon receive a six-month jail sentence and a $200,000 fine.
The recommendation comes after Bannon’s refusal to comply with a subpoena from the congressional probe of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Addressing the media, Bannon said, “We may have lost the battle here today—but, we’re not going to lose this war.”
Citing Trump’s claims of executive privilege, Bannon’s lawyers justified their client’s refusal to comply with the subpoena saying that a president can prevent the release of certain White House documents or communications.
However, prosecutors rejected that argument in this case.
The recommendation comes on the heels of the U.S. House select committee unanimously voting to subpoena Trump on Thursday.
The committee is made up of seven Democrats and two anti-Trump Republicans who have been investigating for 16-months.
Previously, Trump has refused to voluntarily cooperate with the panel, calling it a partisan witch hunt.
Bannon is set to be sentenced on Friday which marks one year since the House voted to hold him in contempt of Congress.
Porn floods Twitter “China” search
Twitter users have been finding it hard to search for information on the social media platform due to an explosion of pornographic spam.
While thousands of protests against extended lockdowns, a digital bot army has roared into action on Twitter, with long-dormant Chinese language accounts suddenly tweeting links to escort services and other adult content.
Anyone trying to track the spontaneous protest movement on Twitter complained about the deluge of spam pornographic content making flooding the search for information.
The China protests come at a time when Twitter’s content and moderation teams have been pared back drastically following Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of the social media giant.
Twitter, along with other international social media services like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, is blocked by Beijing’s internet censors within Mainland China.
Biden silence on China protests
As citizens across China revolt against the country’s “zero Covid” policy, the White House issued a statement about the growing protests.
“‘We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, in the United States and around the world,’ a White House National Security Council spokesperson said in a statement.
‘This includes in the [People’s Republic of China.]’
“‘Zero COVID is not a policy we are pursuing here,’ the spokesperson said.
‘And as we’ve said, we think it’s going to be very difficult for the People’s Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero COVID strategy.’”
Commentators have noted that the statement came from the White House, and not President Biden himself.
Demonstrators are calling on President Joe Biden to take a stance and publicly support their cause.
The protests have continued despite numerous attempts by the Chinese government to quell them.
China protests hit global markets, crypto
The protests in China are having a negative impact on cryptocurrencies and markets around the world.
Bitcoin failed to break its descent and fell more than 3 percent.
The global crypto market cap fell over 2%, sending major cryptos into the red.
Over the last 24 hours, overall crypto market volume grew by 22%.
It comes amid a round of investor nervousness in global markets spurred by protests in China against Covid restrictions.
Protesters outraged by harsh COVID-19 regulations called for China’s strong leader to quit.
China is the world’s second-largest economy and has a significant impact on global financial markets.
Stocks and cryptos aren’t considered safe havens, leading to bearing price action.
Analysts are hoping for a sharp bullish reversal if and when the protests end.
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