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1 strategically placed protest sign ruins Steve Bannon’s attempt to control the narrative

Steve Bannon received a double whammy on Wednesday.

First, a federal judge has refused to dismiss contempt of Congress charges filed against Donald Trump’s former White House adviser after he refused to comply with a subpoena from the House committee investigating the attack. of January 6 against the US Capitol.

The U.S. District Court and Trump-appointed Judge Carl Nichols ruled there was not enough evidence the former president had asserted executive privilege to bar Bannon from testifying before the committee.

Nichols also dismissed Bannon’s claim that internal Justice Department views granted him “immunity” from a congressional subpoena for documents related to his contacts with Trump while Trump was in office, saying that Bannon’s team had presented no evidence that the DOJ’s views applied in his case.

That means Bannon’s trial could start on July 18, although a member of his team told NBC News he may seek to delay it.

The second blow hit Bannon at a post-hearing press conference where he dubiously attacked the January 6 committee because “their ratings are bad and they can’t compete with Bannon’s trial”.

But Bannon’s explosive attempt to control the narrative was thwarted, in part, by a protester whose strategically placed protest sign tried to remind people of Bannon’s alleged role in the January 6 insurrection.

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

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

1 strategically placed protest sign ruins Steve Bannon’s attempt to control the narrative
Activist Bill Christeson is seen in the back holding a sign reading ‘Failed Coup’.

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1 strategically placed protest sign ruins Steve Bannon’s attempt to control the narrative
Christeson adds some colorful comments behind Bannon.

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Christeson has made a name for himself with his pithy protests.

He once held a “Traitor” sign behind Trump’s short-lived campaign manager Paul Manafort, a “Dirty traitor” sign behind a political consultant roger Rock and a sign reading “Putin’s Puppet” behind Trump’s former national security adviser and Michael Flynn.

The 67 year old man told HuffPost in April that getting to the right place at the right time can be “difficult.”

“It’s tricky. You have to figure out where they’re going to be – which entrance they’re going into,” he explained. “You have to position yourself where the sign can easily be read next to them – and where the media can photograph it.”

This Bannon video shows Christeson in action.

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