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Bannon Seeks Jan. 6 Contempt Trial Delay Due to Panel Hearings

  • Ex-Trump campaign chief says ‘media blitz’ could sway jurors
  • He asks judge to reschedule trial from July 18 to October
Steve Bannon, former adviser to Donald Trump, speaks to members of the media before entering federal court in Washington, March 16.

Steve Bannon, former adviser to Donald Trump, speaks to members of the media before entering federal court in Washington, March 16.

Photographer: Ting Shen/Bloomberg

Longtime Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon asked a judge to delay his July criminal contempt trial until the fall, arguing that potential jurors could be swayed by the “media blitz” surrounding the House Jan. 6 committee’s televised hearings.

“The media saturation in June and the upcoming hearings in July -- right before trial -- warrants a continuance” until sometime after Oct. 15 to preserve Bannon’s constitutional right to a fair trial, his lawyer said in a filing in federal court in Washington on Wednesday.