A judge on Monday refused to delay the start of the trial of Steve Bannon, a close ally of Donald Trump charged with “obstructing congressional investigative powers,” despite his recent offer to cooperate with the investigating commission on the former president.
“I see no reason to delay this case any longer,” Judge Carl Nichols said, according to multiple US media.
Steve Bannon, former adviser to Donald Trump, is being prosecuted for refusing for months to cooperate with a group of elected officials seeking to shed light on Donald Trump's responsibility in the assault on the Capitol, January 6, 2021 .
The 68-year-old was charged in November 2021 and his trial was then set for July 18.
His lawyers were seeking to delay the start of his trial. hearings in October, so that they do not take place at the same time as the public hearings of this parliamentary committee e, which the judge refused.
Over the weekend, Steve Bannon finally did an about-face, agreeing to cooperate with the investigation, which the prosecutor perceived as a “turnaround of last minute in order to avoid” his trial.