Steve Bannon, a former adviser to Donald Trump, turned around and agreed to testify before the House Commission investigating the bloody attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, days before the start of a trial aimed at obstructing this investigation, the media Americans reported Sunday.

“Steve Bannon wishes, and in fact prefers, to testify in his public hearing.“Wrote his lawyer Robert Costello on Saturday in a letter quoted by these media. Steve Bannon is among dozens of people called to testify in the assault on the United States Congress on Capitol Hill that killed five people and undermined American democracy. He initially refused to testify and was charged last November with obstructing the investigation.

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On January 6, 2021, thousands of supporters of outgoing Republican President Donald Trump gathered in Washington to denounce the result of the November 2020 presidential election, won by Democrat Joe Biden. Investigators believe Steve Bannon and other Donald Trump advisors may have information about the White House’s ties to the mafia that invaded the Capitol that day in an attempt to block the certification of Trump’s victory, Joe Biden.

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Although Steve Bannon was not a White House employee at the time and was no longer an official adviser to Donald Trump, his lawyers had called for the protection of presidents’ right to keep certain documents and discussions confidential so that he would not appear before the committee. investigation in October 2021. The commission found that this protection does not apply because Donald Trump is no longer president and has never formally asserted this executive privilege.

“Everything converges, it’s time to attack”

Steve Bannon was accused in November 2021 of “obstacleto the investigative powers of Congress and the start date of his trial was therefore set for July 18. According to Mr. Costello’s letter, Steve Bannon told the committee of inquiry that “circumstances have now changed“.”President Trump has decided that it would be in the interest of the American people to relinquish the executive privilege of Stephen K. Bannon to allow Steve Bannon to comply with the summons issued by your commission.“, He adds.

The testimony of Steve Bannon, 68, is considered essential because it should help understand what Donald Trump was doing before and during the assault. The day before, Steve Bannon had said on a podcast that “everything converges and it is time to attackSteve Bannon, a discreet but very influential adviser, played a crucial role in the election of Donald Trump in 2016 before being expelled the following year.

He was not holding any official duties on January 6, but appears to have discussed the protest with the president in the preceding days, according to the commission of inquiry. He was particularly part of thecrisis unitled by Donald Trump’s advisors of a luxury Washington hotel before and after the assault on the Congress building.

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