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Former Trump administration adviser Steve Bannon will stand trial for a contempt of Congress charge starting July 18, after U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols set a date for jury selection to begin.
Bannon was indicted after he refused to comply with a House subpoena as part of a committee investigation into the events of January 6. His defense attorney, Doug Schoen, claimed that the mid-summer date did not afford him and his client enough time to prepare.
In this file photo from Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist, talks about the approaching midterm election during an interview with The Associated Press, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)
"President Biden called for the prosecution of Mr. Bannon," Schoen said. "What kind of influence, if any, does that cause? That’s why we need discovery and time. Schoen’s remark referred to Biden saying on Oct. 15 that those who defy the Jan. 6 committee’s subpoenas should be prosecuted.
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