Oct 24, 2022 – Today’s biggest news

Steve Bannon was sentenced to four months in prison on Friday for refusing to appear before the congressional committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

The sentencing comes exactly one year to the day since the House of Representatives voted to hold Bannon, 68, in criminal contempt for resisting a subpoena to produce documents and testimony for the Special Committee. After that, the former chief strategist of Donald Trump was indicted by federal prosecutors and found guilty of two counts of contempt for Congress.

Prosecutions, let alone convictions and convictions for contempt of Congress are extraordinarily rare. Bannon claimed he chose not to cooperate because he was told by attorneys he was being shielded because Trump claims executive privilege, a legal doctrine that protects some White House communications — although Bannon was in the Capitol at the time of the riots no state was an employee.

However, Trump is no longer president and courts have dismissed his attempts to hide his communications. Additionally, Bannon is unlikely to receive a pardon from President Joe Biden — as he did from his former boss on the final day of Trump’s presidency.

Allies in Ukraine deny Russia’s ‘dirty bomb’ allegations

  • The US, UK and France have a Joint Statement The New York Times dismisses Russia’s claims that Ukraine plans to use a “dirty bomb” on its own territory. A “dirty bomb” detonates explosives that spray radioactive material over the surrounding area. US National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said, according to CBS News, that “the world would see through any attempt to use this allegation as a pretext for escalation.”

SNAPSHOT

The Committee of January 6 has officially subpoenaed Trump and urges him to testify next month. Rep. Liz Cheney said the Jan. 6 committee would not allow Trump to turn his testimony into “a circus”; The New York Times has reported that the former president has privately told aides that he will only testify if it is on live television.

Tens of thousands of people around the world marched in solidarity with Iranian women on Saturday as police crackdowns continue in the country. The outcry against the conservative Iranian regime was sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, an Iranian Kurdish woman, who died in morality police custody on September 16.

A man who allegedly killed two Dallas hospital workers on Saturday was on parole but was given special permission to be there because his better half was giving birth. Dallas police said Sunday that Nestor Oswaldo Hernandez was arrested on capital murder charges.

Vogue magazine has become the newest big player in the fashion industry Drop Kanye West after a series of racist stunts, bullying incidents and anti-Semitic comments. Balenciaga has also officially severed ties with Ye after years of close partnerships.

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