Steve Bannon's trial began on Monday, and the day was dedicated to jury selection.
American justice on Monday selected the jury responsible for examining the refusal by Steve Bannon, a close friend of Donald Trump, to cooperate with the parliamentary investigation into the assault on the Capitol.
His trial for obstructing congressional investigative powers will therefore enter the tough Tuesday with opening statements from the prosecution and defense.
Discreet counsel, but very influential, he played a crucial role in the election of the Republican billionaire in 2016, by giving a resolutely populist turn to his campaign, before being pushed out the following year.
The two men, who remained close, had spoken in the days leading up to the January 6, 2021 attack on the congressional headquarters, according to the House of Representatives committee responsible for shedding light on the role of the ;former president in this coup.
To know the nature of their discussions, the commission had subpoenaed Steve Bannon to testify and produce documents. He refused, citing the right of presidents to keep certain conversations secret.
His refusal resulted in him being charged in November with obstructing the work of Congress. He then promised hell to the Democrats for his setbacks.
Given the extreme political sensitivity of the case, it took an entire day to select 22 jurors potential, a number which will be reduced to 12 starters and 2 substitutes on Tuesday morning.
As his trial approached, Steve Bannon, 68, had turned around and agreed to cooperate with lawmakers. The prosecutors had denounced a last-minute reversal in order to avoid a conviction, and the judge responsible for the case wished to maintain the trial.
His lawyers also asked, in vain , a postponement of the trial for fear that the jurors could be influenced by the broadcast of the hearings of the commission of inquiry, the next of which is scheduled for Thursday evening at prime time.
After more than a year of investigation, the commission will detail the day of January 6 as experienced by Donald Trump, what was done and what was not done, said elected Democrat Zoe Lofgren on the ABC channel on Sunday.
The former Republican president is suspected of having done nothing for nearly three hours, as his supporters stormed the Capitol, sowed violence and mayhem, and forced elected officials to halt certification of Joe Biden's victory at the presidential.