Steve Bannon arrives at prison following contempt conviction

Steve Bannon, an influential Donald Trump ally, has arrived at a prison to serve a four-month sentence after he was convicted for defying a congressional subpoena from the committee that probed the 6 January, 2021, US Capitol attack.

Bannon arrived at a low-security federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut, and spoke to reporters and a cheering group of supporters. He called himself a “political prisoner”.

“I’m proud of going to prison today,” Bannon said. “I have not only no regrets, I’m proud of what I did.”

Mr Trump is the Republican candidate challenging Democratic President Joe Biden in the 5 November US election.

The sentence could keep Bannon imprisoned almost to election day.

Inmates in federal prison do not have access to the internet or social media, making it difficult for Bannon to communicate with fans of his “War Room” podcast.