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Bannon’s Lawyer Seeks to Exit Jan. 6 Contempt Case Before Trial

  • Robert Costello said he may be a witness for Bannon instead
  • Bannon goes on trial July 18 for not answering Jan. 6 subpoena
L-R Robert J. Costello, Steve Bannon and David Schoen on June 15 in Washington, DC.

L-R Robert J. Costello, Steve Bannon and David Schoen on June 15 in Washington, DC.

Photographer: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The lawyer defending Steve Bannon against contempt charges over his refusal to cooperate with the Congressional Jan. 6 committee asked to withdraw from the case because he may be called as a trial witness.

Robert Costello made his request to US District Judge Carl Nichols in a motion filed Friday in federal court in Washington. The lawyer’s move comes just before Bannon’s trial is set to begin on July 18, but Costello noted that Nichols had yet to rule on an earlier request that he be allowed to testify for the defense about his interactions with the Jan. 6 panel and prosecutors.