Bannon is charged with counts of contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 rebellion on the Capitol.
Steve Bannon, who served as a pinnacle adviser to former President Donald Trump, filed a movement Wednesday pleading now no longer responsible to contempt of Congress expenses.
“I do hereby waive formal arraignment and input my plea of NOT GUILTY to the indictment,” Bannon stated withinside the filing. The movement nonetheless must be signed off on through the decide listening to the case.
The circulate is unusual, due to the fact that Bannon, 67, continues to be anticipated to wait a convention withinside the case earlier than the decide on Thursday.
In the filing, Bannon stated the request obviates “the want to behavior an arraignment at some point of the digital popularity convention scheduled for November 18, 2021, which I will attend with my lawyers.”
Bannon’s lawyer, David Schoen, did now no longer without delay reply to a request for comment.
He informed CNBC the early plea would “assist make the system extra efficient.”
Bannon became indicted through a federal grand jury closing week on counts of contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas and refusing to reply questions from the House Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol rebellion.
One of the counts is for refusing to seem for a deposition to reply questions on what he knew approximately the making plans for the rebellion and the alternative is for declining to supply files asked through the committee. Bannon’s lawyers have stated he did to be able to honor the needs of Trump, who deliberate to invoke govt privilege.
The committee has contended that govt privilege need to now no longer expand to Bannon, due to the fact he became now no longer running for the White House on the time of the rebellion, and that he need to have at the least seemed for wondering and informed the panel what files are in his control.
If convicted, Bannon may want to resist a yr at the back of bars and a first-class of up to $100,000.
He sounded a defiant observe earlier than he surrendered to federal government at the expenses on Monday, declaring, “We’re taking down the Biden regime.” “They took on the incorrect man this time,” he stated.