Steve Bannon asks judge to delay trial for contempt of Congress

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 15: Steve Bannon, adviser to former President Donald Trump, leaves the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse on June 15, 2022 in Washington, DC

steve bannon on Wednesday asked a federal judge to postpone his trial for contempt of Congress for nearly three months, saying the “media blitz” that hosted the Committee’s January 6 public hearings made a fair trial “impossible.”

Bannon’s trial is currently set to begin on July 18.

The former Trump strategist wants it to be held on October 15, 2022, just weeks before the midterm elections.

In his 16-page continuation motion, Bannon says neither the parties nor the judge knew that the committee’s public hearings were underway when the trial date was set. He notes that he is not detained and that he would consent to pausing the Speedy Trial Act clock.

“The select committee hired a television executive to produce maximum public impact,” his attorney said. Mr. Evan Corcoran written in the motion. “Furthermore, the select committee scheduled its initial public hearing during prime time – again, to maximize public impact when presenting purported investigative ‘findings.’ As one cultural critic described it, select committee audiences “have much in common with scripted television miniseries: storytelling, editing – even surprise reveals” and “their attention to substance and style, combining their record of pursuit with an awareness of what piques viewers’ curiosity and gets people talking afterwards.”

Bannon’s case involves misdemeanor charges that he flouted committee subpoenas for his documents and testimony. The bipartisan committee and the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives have returned charges against four of the that of Donald Trump senior officials: Bannon, his former strategist; Peter Navarohis former trade manager; Dan Scavino, his former director of social media; and mark the meadows, his former chief of staff. The Justice Department ultimately charged only Bannon and Navarro.

In a rare case of agreement, the committee and Bannon requested information about the Justice Department’s decisions to decline to prosecute Scavino and Meadows.

A jury will have to decide whether Bannon broke the law by stalling the committee, but Bannon says a fair trial will be impossible when residents of Washington, DC have been “bombarded” by coverage of the hearings. The motion boasts of the scope of the committee. About 20 million people watched the June 9 first hearing on cable news and broadcast networks, and 4.6 million watched online, the motion notes.

“Jan. 6 audience” was the second most trending Google search term that day, he adds.

“It would be impossible to guarantee Mr. Bannon a fair trial in the midst of so many…
made public select committee hearings that purport to disseminate investigative ‘findings’ on matters that are referenced in the indictment,” his defense motion alleges. “Under these circumstances, we believe it would be wrong to deny a request to prosecute when congressional hearings create prejudicial pretrial publicity — as has been recognized by the government and found to be good cause for the prosecution of a trial in another ongoing case in this district.”

Last week, a judge “reluctantly” agreed to postpone the riotous trial of some Proud Boys leaders and members, after prosecutors and defense lawyers agreed that the January 6 hearings made a prosecution necessary.

On Tuesday, another federal judge in the same district denied a motion to move the Oath Keepers seditious conspiracy case to another district on the same grounds, finding that defense attorneys had failed to find the ” actual bias” of potential jurors.

U.S. District Judge Carl J.Nicholsa person appointed by Trump, will decide Bannon’s motion.

Read the motion below:

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