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Trial Date Set For Steve Bannon As Trump-Appointed Judge Vindicates January 6th Committee

Trial Date Set For Steve Bannon As Trump-Appointed Judge Vindicates January 6th Committee

Steve Bannon appeared in court Wednesday for his contempt of Congress charge — and though he walked into the building displaying bravado and pride, the process didn’t go the way that he hoped.

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)

Before entering the courthouse, Bannon boasted, “We are going to destroy the Democratic party,” and seemed to be optimistic about the outcome. Courthouse News reporter Emily Zantow shared a video clip, ending with Bannon walking away from a question about what he’ll do if he doesn’t prevail in his effort to have the case dismised.

“We’re here today, this is American Justice, this is our court system, listen to what the judge says, listen to everything that goes on.”

As it happens, Bannon did not prevail. According to Politico, not only did judges refuse to dismiss his case, but affirmed the legitimacy of the January 6th Committee — which he was challenging as a reason for dismissal.

U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols, appointed by Donald Trump, ruled in favor of the Committee, disagreeing with Bannon’s assertion that the Committee is invalid for a variety of reasons, including that there are only two Republicans on the panel.

Bannon’s attorney has already said he may seek a delay to the trial, which is scheduled for next month, because of the publicity surrounding the January 6th Committee’s hearings.

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In another clip outside the courthouse, Bannon can be seen declaring that the Select Committee is “totally irrelevant,” citing the same attack Donald Trump has repeatedly lobbed — “Their ratings stink!”

According to Deseret News, at least 20 million viewers tuned in to the first hearing alone:

That’s a bigger audience than the typical ratings for Monday Night Football (which average 13.5 million viewers per game in 2021), the first hearing of former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment (14 million) and Sunday’s Tony Awards (3.9 million on just CBS).

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