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Bannon teases second Trump term expectations before Monday prison sentence

Steve Bannon, a former adviser to former President Donald Trump, previewed his expectations for a second Trump term, listing former officials he says need to be investigated. Bannon’s comments come ahead of July 1, when the host of the right-wing War Room podcast is due to report to prison to serve a four-month sentence for […]

Steve Bannon, a former adviser to former President Donald Trump, previewed his expectations for a second Trump term, listing former officials he says need to be investigated.

Bannon’s comments come ahead of July 1, when the host of the right-wing War Room podcast is due to report to prison to serve a four-month sentence for defying Congress’s inquiry into him, and after the Supreme Court rejected his bid to delay his sentence on Friday.

In a pre-taped interview that was released Sunday, Bannon told ABC’s Jonathan Karl he had “no regrets” for defying subpoenas lobbed against him by the now-defunct House Jan. 6 committee, saying it feels “great” to be a “political prisoner.”


Former White House adviser Steve Bannon speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference at the National Harbor, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024. in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Bannon, who vowed to continue appealing his conviction while he resides in a low-security prison in Danbury, Connecticut, predicted that Trump will win the November election by a “landslide.”

“We have a 100% certainty we could beat [President Joe] Biden and beat him big and take the Senate and pick up seats in the House,” Bannon said.

And if Trump wins, Bannon gave Karl a list of former senior intelligence agency and Justice Department officials he thinks should be investigated in the name of “justice,” such as former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who previously told CNN he and other ranking officials in the law enforcement and intelligence community about whether they should consider leaving the country if Trump is elected.

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“He ought to be very worried,” Bannon said, adding, “He’s definitely going to be investigated” along with Former FBI Director James Comey, former Defense Secretary Mark Esper, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, and former Attorney General Bill Barr.

Karl said what Bannon was suggesting sounded like “retribution,” to which Bannon pushed back. Trump has told his supporters “I am your retribution” during campaign rallies, but Bannon claimed what the former president meant is to have a “very successful, more successful second term.”

“What we’re saying is we want justice. We want to have full investigations, and then if criminal charges come up, then criminal charges come up,” Bannon said.

Bannon also outlined “three verticals” he predicted that a second Trump term would address.

“First vertical is seal the border and the mass deportations,” Bannon said. “The second vertical is about the finances. So Trump’s going to have to deal with a budget of $2 trillion of deficits. He’s going to have to look at the — getting the tax cuts back. And the third is to stop these endless forever wars.”

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Despite the political strategist’s prison sentence at the height of the 2024 election, Bannon has said his show, which he runs from the basement of his Washington, D.C., home, will continue to run with the help of his employees and guest appearances.

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“I’m serving my country right now as a political prisoner,” Bannon said, adding that the sentence will not “suppress my voice.”

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