A federal appeals courtroom on Thursday rejected Stephen Ok. Bannon’s last-ditch bid to stay free whereas he exhausts his authorized choices to overturn his conviction for contempt of Congress, leaving little likelihood that he can additional delay a four-month jail sentence that’s set to begin subsequent month.

Mr. Bannon, a longtime Trump ally, was convicted in 2022 after ignoring a congressional subpoena searching for details about his position within the Jan. 6 riot on the Capitol, however he had been allowed to stay free whereas he pursued a prolonged appeals course of. That got here to an finish this month when the choose overseeing his case ordered Mr. Bannon to report to jail on July 1 after a federal appeals courtroom upheld his conviction in Might.

The three-judge appeals panel that denied Mr. Bannon’s emergency motion on Thursday was break up, 2 to 1, with Decide Justin R. Walker dissenting. Decide Walker famous that Mr. Bannon was petitioning the Supreme Court to think about his case and wrote that he ought to stay free till it decides whether or not to hear his enchantment.

Mr. Bannon’s legal professionals have argued that his case entails necessary authorized questions surrounding the separation of powers. At trial, they argued that Mr. Bannon was appearing on the recommendation of legal professionals who recommended him that he may disregard the subpoena below former President Donald J. Trump’s govt privilege. Mr. Bannon had served briefly as Mr. Trump’s prime political adviser within the White Home however had left the place lengthy earlier than the assault on the Capitol.

Within the order, the courtroom wrote that Mr. Bannon’s enchantment was unlikely to succeed, as judges would have to considerably bend the legislation as written to conclude that he had not deliberately dismissed Congress’s makes an attempt to get his testimony.

“He provides no basis to conclude that a higher court is likely to upend the established understanding of ‘willfully’ in the context of contempt of a clear duty to respond to congressional subpoenas,” the courtroom wrote.

Earlier this 12 months, the Supreme Court repeatedly rejected a request by Peter Navarro, one other shut ally of Mr. Trump, to keep away from an equivalent sentence for contempt associated to a subpoena from the Home’s Jan. 6 committee. Mr. Navarro had sought to enchantment his case on grounds related to Mr. Bannon’s.