DOJ snaps back at Bannon asking to delay criminal contempt trial over January 6 hearings' publicity, says that he has 'barely been mentioned'

War Room podcast host and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. DOMINICK REUTER/AFP via Getty Images
The DOJ wants a DC judge to deny Steve Bannon's request to delay his trial for contempt of Congress.
The criminal trial is scheduled to begin July 18 after Bannon denied subpoenas on the January 6 investigation.
Bannon had argued that the Jan. 6 hearings would unfairly hamper the course of his trial.
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The Justice Department on Friday asked a DC judge to deny Trump's ally Steve Bannon's request to delay his trial for contempt of Congress, arguing that the Jan. 6 hearings had not revolved around him to the point of diversion.
On Wednesday, Bannon's attorneys asked a DC judge to delay his July 18 trial, citing a "media blitz" at the committee's public hearings on Jan. 6, saying the request was "to the unprecedented degree of prejudicial." attributed to pre-trial publicity".
Justice Department lawyers said Bannon is not as popular as he believes.
"The defendant's motion creates the false impression - through general statistics on the number of viewers at the committee hearings and the overall media coverage of the committee hearings - that all committee hearings and related media coverage revolve around him Justice Department attorneys wrote in a filing on Friday. "The truth is just the opposite -- the defendant was hardly mentioned in the committee hearings or the resulting media coverage."
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Bannon was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2021 on two counts of contempt of Congress after he refused to comply with a Jan. 6 committee subpoena. His criminal trial could be brought into line with the Jan. 6 hearings if a delay is not granted.
He pleaded not guilty at the time, arguing that the committee needed to clarify what materials would be restricted due to former President Donald Trump's executive privileges before he would comply.
Attorneys representing Bannon did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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