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Trial expected for former Trump adviser Steve Bannon

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) — Jury selection is set to begin Monday in the trial of Steve Bannon, a one-time adviser to former President Donald Trump, who charges criminal contempt of Congress after months of refusing to cooperate with a House committee. encounter. January 6, 2021 Investigation, Capitol Uprising,

Bannon has been charged in federal court in Washington with defying a January 6 summons to a committee that asked for his records and testimony. He was charged in November Two counts of criminal contempt of Congress, a month after the Justice Department received a congressional referral. Each count carries a minimum of 30 days in prison and up to a year in prison.

The trial follows a flurry of activity in the case since July 9. A week ago, the former White House strategist informed the committee that he was now ready to testify., His attorney, Robert Costello, said the change was because Trump waived his claim of executive privilege by withholding testimony.

Bannon, 68, was the most prominent of the Trump-affiliated holdouts in refusing to testify before the committee. He has argued that his testimony is protected by Trump’s claim of executive privilege.

Trump has repeatedly claimed executive privilege – even as a former president – for attempting to block the release of witnesses and White House documents. The Supreme Court ruled in January The trial court judge said, “The president is not the king.”

The committee also noted that Trump fired Bannon from the White House in 2017 and that Bannon was thus a private citizen when he was consulting with the then-president about the riot.

US District Judge Carl Nichols declines motions to delay trial in separate hearings Last week, including Thursday, when Bannon’s lawyers expressed concerns about a CNN report that has since aired about his client and what they said was in line with last week’s hearing by the House committee investigating the riots. It was a prejudicial remark made during

Nichols said, “I am aware of the current concerns about propaganda and bias and whether we can seat a jury that is fair and impartial, but as I said earlier, I believe the appropriate course The wire has to go through a hardening process.” Thursday, referring to the interrogation of different jurors before being elected. The judge said he intended to create a jury that is “going to be fair, fair and impartial.”

While the judge allowed the trial to proceed, Nichols left open the possibility that Trump’s proposal to relinquish his prerogative and Bannon’s proposal to cooperate with the committee could be referred to the trial, adding that the information Bannon’s defense was “at least potentially relevant”. ,

Roscoe Howard Jr., a former US attorney in Washington, DC, said the best case scenario for Bannon is to let a jury know of his offer of cooperation. Howard said that even if it did, claiming that executive privilege had previously prevented him from cooperating would be a tough argument because Bannon refused to respond to the summons.

“You have to show up to enforce a claim of privilege. You can’t call it that,” he said.

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