Saturday, January 28

Steve Bannon contemplates trial for defying Jan. 6 committee starts Monday


  • Bannon held calls with Trump the day before the attack on the US Capitol.
  • He refused to cooperate with the panel, threatening to make it the “misdemeanor from hell.”
  • But last week the judge in the case shot down a number of Bannon’s defenses.

WASHINGTON – A federal judge had just dealt a series of blows to the defense case of former White House strategist Steve Bannonwho goes to trial this week for defying to subpoena desde the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol attackwhen attorney David Schoen could not contain his frustration any longer.

“What is the point of going to trial…if there are no defenses?” Schoen, Bannon’s defense attorney, told US District Judge Carl Nichols last week.

The attorney’s pessimistic assessment is a far cry from Bannon’s initial vow to aggressively challenge contempt charges and his threat to make the case the “misdemeanor from hell” for the government.

“I’m never going to go back down. We’re going to go on offense,” Bannon told a scrum of reporters outside the federal courthouse after charges were leveled late last year.


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