Capitol Assault | Ex-Trump adviser Steve Bannon ready to testify

(Washington) Steve Bannon, ex-adviser to Donald Trump, has turned around and is agreeing to testify before the House committee responsible for investigating the bloody attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, days before the start of one Trial against him for obstructing this investigation, American media reported on Sunday.

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“Mr. In fact, Bannon wants and prefers to testify at your public hearing,” his attorney Robert Costello wrote Saturday in a letter cited by the media.

Steve Bannon is among dozens of people subpoenaed to testify in the attack on the US Congress on Capitol Hill that killed five and undermined American democracy. He initially refused to testify and was charged last November with obstructing the investigation.

On January 6, 2021, thousands of supporters of outgoing Republican President Donald Trump gathered in Washington to denounce the outcome of the November 2020 presidential election, which was won by Democrat Joe Biden.

Investigators believe Mr. Bannon and other advisors to Mr. Trump may have information about White House connections to the mob that flooded the Capitol that day to block confirmation of Joe Biden’s victory.

Although Mr. Bannon was not employed at the White House at the time and was no longer an official adviser to Mr. Trump, his attorneys had invoked protecting the right of presidents to keep certain documents and discussions confidential, for which he does not appear before the Commission of Inquiry in October 2021.

The commission found that these protections do not apply because Mr. Trump is no longer President and has never formally asserted this executive privilege.

Mr Bannon was accused in November 2021 of “obstructing” Congress’s investigative powers and his trial was then scheduled to begin on July 18.

After writing M.e Mr Costello, Mr Bannon told the inquest that “circumstances have now changed”.

“President Trump has decided that it would be in the interests of the American people to waive executive privilege for Stephen K. Bannon to authorize Mr. Bannon to comply with the subpoena issued by your commission,” she added.

The testimony by 68-year-old Steve Bannon is considered essential in helping understand what Donald Trump was doing before and during the attack. The day before, Mr Bannon had said on a podcast that “everything is coming together and it’s time to attack”.

Steve Bannon, a discreet but highly influential adviser, had played a pivotal role in Donald Trump’s 2016 election before being ousted the following year.

He was not performing any official duties on Jan. 6 but appears to have discussed the protest with the president in the days before, according to the commission of inquiry.

He was notably part of the “crisis cell” run by advisers to Mr. Trump from a luxury Washington hotel before and after the attack on the seat of Congress.

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