1 Strategically placed protest board destroys Steve Bannon’s attempt to control narrative

Steve Bannon received a double blow on Wednesday.

First, a federal judge refused to dismiss the contempt of Congress charges filed against Donald Trump’s former White House adviser after he refused to heed a House Committee summons that the attack on January 6 at the U.S. Capitol.

The U.S. District Court and Judge Carl Nichols, appointed by Trump, ruled that there was insufficient evidence that the former president claimed executive privilege to stop Bannon from testifying before the committee.

Nichols also rejected Bannon’s allegation that views of the Justice Department granted him “immunity” from a congressional summons for documents related to his contacts with Trump while Trump was in office, saying Bannon’s team had no evidence provided that the DOJ’s views were not applicable in its case.

That means Bannon’s trial could begin on July 18, though one member of his team told NBC News they might try to postpone it.

The second blow hit Bannon during a press conference after the trial where he questionably attacked the January 6 committee because “their ratings stink and they can not compete with Bannon’s trial.”

But the bombastic Bannon’s attempt to control the story was partially thwarted by a protester whose strategically placed protest signs tried to remind people of Bannon’s alleged role in the January 6 uprising.

Steve Bannon, adviser to former President Donald Trump, speaks to the media while a protester stands behind him, outside the E. Barrett Prettyman US Courthouse on June 15 in Washington, DC
Steve Bannon, adviser to former President Donald Trump, speaks to the media while a protester stands behind him, outside the E. Barrett Prettyman US Courthouse on June 15 in Washington, DC

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Activist Bill Christeson managed to get his two-word sign in the same frame as Bannon in numerous photos taken at his press conference.

Activist Bill Christeson is seen in the back with a sign reading "Failed coup."
Activist Bill Christeson is seen in the background with a sign reading “Failed coup.”

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Christeson adds some colorful comments behind Bannon.
Christeson adds some colorful comments behind Bannon.

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Christeson made a name for himself from his fierce protests.

He once held up a “Traitor” sign Trump’s short-lived campaign manager Paul Manafort, A “Dirty Traitor” sign behind political consultant Roger Stone and a sign reading “Putin’s puppet” on the back former Trump national security adviser and Michael Flynn.

The 67-year-old told HuffPost in April that it ‘could be difficult to get to the right place at the right time’.

“It is difficult. You have to find out where they are going to be – in which entrance they are going, “he explained. “You have to position yourself where the board can be easily read next to them – and where the media can photograph it.”

This video of Bannon shows Christeson in action.

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