Schadenfreude best served up cold. Trump-appointed judge orders Steve Bannon to surrender to prison for sentence that could run right up against 2024 election

There’s something espcially gratifying about this piece of legal news, hoisted by his own petard.

Former Trump White House senior strategist Steve Bannon has been ordered by a federal judge in Washington, D.C. to surrender to federal prison by July 1.

At a Thursday morning hearing before U.S. District Judge Carl J. Nichols, who was appointed by Donald Trump in 2019, the defendant’s bail was revoked after a lengthy, and ultimately unsuccessful, effort to reverse his two convictions on contempt of Congress charges.

As Law&Crime previously reported, prosecutors asked the court to lift a stay of Bannon’s four-month sentence roughly two weeks ago after his appeal was rejected by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

That request came by way of a May 14 motion to lift the stay of sentence pending appeal filed in the D.C. District Court. Bannon, conversely, argued the court lacked authority to grant the request.