Former Trump Adviser Steve Bannon Goes on Trial for Criminal Contempt of Congress

Steve Bannon, the former top adviser to Donald Trump, has gone on trial on two criminal charges for his failure to comply with a subpoena by the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot.

The federal criminal trial began on July 18 with jury selection in Washington, D.C.

The trial had found 22 potential jurors by mid-afternoon.

In November, a federal grand jury indicted Bannon on two counts of contempt of Congress — one for his failure to provide testimony demanded by the House Select Committee and the other for his failure to produce documents.

If found guilty, Bannon faces a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of one year in jail. He also faces a fine ranging from $100 to $100,000 for each count.

Prosecutors expect the trial to last just a few days with only two or three prosecution witnesses, which include Jan. 6 Committee investigators, CNN reported.

It is unknown how extensive Bannon’s defense will be and if he will take the stand in his own defense.


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