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Steve Bannon news: Ex-White House strategist won’t be detained before trial as Trump judge given case

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Trump adviser Bannon turns himself into FBI

Less than a year after he was granted a last-minute pardon by former President Donald Trump, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is in FBI custody once more.

The conservative podcast host and former Breitbart News chairman surrendered himself at the FBI’s Washington Field Office shortly after 9.30 am on Monday.

On Friday, a District of Columbia grand jury indicted Mr Bannon on two counts of criminal contempt of Congress, the result of a referral by the House of Representatives last month after he defied a subpoena commanding him to give evidence before the House select committee investigating the 6 January insurrection.

As he walked towards the FBI building, he stopped briefly to address a camera that was live-streaming his surrender for his War Room podcast.

He told his viewers: “I don’t want anybody to take their eye off the ball, what we do every day” and declared that he and his supporters were “taking down the Biden regime” and called the case against him “all noise, not signal”.

At a short hearing, Mr Bannon surrendered his passport and agreed to weekly check-ins withpretrial services. His arraignment is set for Thursday at 11am.

The case has been assigned to Judge Carl Nichols, a 2019 Trump appointee.

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Steve Bannon surrenders himself to the FBI

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is in FBI custody once more.

The conservative podcast host and former Breitbart News chairman surrendered himself at the FBI’s Washington Field Office shortly after 9.30 am on Monday.

On Friday, a District of Columbia grand jury indicted Mr Bannon on two counts of criminal contempt of Congress, the result of a referral by the House of Representatives last month after he defied a subpoena commanding him to give evidence before the House select committee investigating the 6 January insurrection. The onetime naval officer and film producer could face up to two years behind bars if convicted.

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Bannon claims executive privilege precludes him from testifying

Mr Bannon, who served as Mr Trump’s top adviser from January 2017 to July 2017, has claimed that executive privilege — a legal doctrine that protects conversations between and among a president and his advisers — precludes him from having to testify about the events leading up to the violent attack on the US Capitol on 6 January.

Most reputable legal scholars say such claims hold no water because the events in question took place long after he left government service.

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Bannon addresses ‘War Room' podcast viewers

Bannon surrendered himself at the FBI’s Washington Field Office shortly after 9.30 am on Monday after emerging from a black SUV dressed in a green winter jacket and black shirt.

As he walked towards the building, he stopped briefly to address a camera that was live-streaming his surrender for his War Room podcast.

He told his viewers: “I don’t want anybody to take their eye off the ball, what we do every day” and declared that he and his supporters were “taking down the Biden regime” and called the case against him “all noise, not signal”.

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Video: Bannon arrives at FBI field office

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Bannon to appear before judge this afternoon

Steve Bannon will appear before federal magistrate judge Robin Meriweather this afternoon, NBC News reports.

He has also secured former assistant federal prosecutor Evan Corcoran as a defense lawyer. Mr Corcoran spent years working for the US Attorney’s Office in DC.

In the same hour, Judge Meriweather is also handling hearings for three US Capitol attack defendants, including one accused of assaulting the National Guard on 6 January.

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What happens now?

Once in custody, Mr Bannon will be booked, including having his fingerprints taken, mugshots, and a rundown of his criminal case history.

There will be an interview with pretrial services and then he will be transferred to the DC federal courthouse a few blocks away.

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‘All hell is going to break loose tomorrow'

On his podcast on 5 January, the day before the assault on the Capitol, Bannon told listeners to “strap in” for “game day” and promised the “all hell is going to break loose tomorrow”.

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‘War Room’ broadcast continues without Bannon

Meanwhile, Bannon’s podcast War Room is going ahead.

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Report: Bannon has retained Trump impeachment lawyer

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Video: Bannon statement plugs 'War Room’ show

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