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Steve Bannon Trial: Hard To Find Impartial Jurors Because They’ve Heard Him Speak

Steve Bannon Trial: Hard To Find Impartial Jurors Because They’ve Heard Him Speak

Steve Bannon had to know that his trial, as someone who is a public figure, known for controversy, and connected to the former President of the United States, had the potential to become a giant, messy, circus. The judge running the show, however, seems to be taking every precaution in advance, potentially circumventing complaints about fairness and bias.

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 15: Steve Bannon, advisor to former President Donald Trump, speaks to the media as a protester stands behind him, outside of the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse on June 15, 2022 in Washington, DC. Bannon is appearing before a federal judge in connection with his indictment for contempt of Congress for failing to respond to a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee on January 6. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Bannon has talked a big game in advance of the hearing, telling his podcast listeners that he’s not the one who needs prayers, his “enemies” are — because he’s going to “savage” them.

“Pray for our enemies, okay? Because we’re going medieval on these people. We’re going to savage our enemies. So pray for them. Who needs prayers? Not MAGA, War Room, and certainly not Stephen K. Bannon.”

Still, it seems that Bannon’s best shot might be to get a jury that’s never heard of him — because reporting from legal analyst Glenn Kirshner so far suggests that people who have heard of him aren’t on his side.

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As of shortly past noon on Monday, Kirshner shared that there had only been five jurors confirmed, because of others indicating that what they knew of Bannon — his own words and his associations — didn’t make him someone they could assume was being honest on the stand.

Bannon has already been hit hard in the case before jury selection even began, with the judge denying requests to delay the trial after Bannon finally offered to talk to the January 6th Committee (recall, his defiance of their subpoena is the reason he’s facing contempt charges to begin with), which officials have said they don’t believe is in good faith, but an attempt to gain further delays.

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