A judge on Monday refused to delay the start of the trial of Steve Bannon, a close ally of Donald Trump accused of “obstructing the investigative powers of Congress,” despite his recent offer to cooperate with the investigation committee of the former president.
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“I don’t see any reason to postpone this case any longer,” Judge Carl Nichols said, according to several US media outlets.
Steve Bannon, a former adviser to Donald Trump, is on trial for his refusal for months to cooperate with a group of elected officials seeking to shed light on Donald Trump’s responsibility for the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.
The 68-year-old was charged in November 2021 and his trial date has been set for July 18.
His lawyers were seeking to postpone the start of the sessions in October, so that they would not be held in conjunction with the public sessions of this parliamentary committee, which was rejected by the judge.
This weekend, Steve Bannon finally changed his face, agreeing to cooperate with the investigation, which the attorney general deemed a “last-minute retraction in order to avoid” his prosecution.