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Ex-Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s trial for defying Jan. 6 committee to begin

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Steve Bannon, a onetime White House strategist and staunch ally of former President Donald Trump, is headed to trial on two criminal counts of contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with subpoenas issued by the House select committee investigating last year’s Capitol riot. 

The trial — set to begin Monday with jury selection — comes amid a series of live hearings by the panel that have produced jaw-dropping allegations about the 45th president and those around him leading up to last year’s violence. 

Initially, Bannon refused to testify before the committee or provide any requested documents, maintaining he was protected by Trump’s claim of executive privilege. The panel rejected the claim, citing Bannon’s status as a private citizen at the time of the riot after being fired from his White House role in August 2017.

Despite defending his decision for months, Bannon reversed course earlier this month, telling the committee he would be willing to testify after all. 

While Bannon claimed Trump was going to waive the executive privilege claim, federal prosecutors insisted that Trump had never invoked the privilege to prevent Bannon from testifying in the first place. 

Steve Bannon.
Steve Bannon faces two criminal counts of contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with subpoenas issued by the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot.
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Steve Bannon initially refused to testify before the committee or provide any requested documents, maintaining he was protected by former President Donald Trump’s claim of executive privilege.
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Prosecutors also said Bannon’s legal team “misrepresented to the Committee what the former President’s counsel had told the Defendant’s [Bannon’s] attorney; and that the former President’s counsel made clear to the Defendant’s attorney that the letter provided no basis for total noncompliance.” 

Also last week, US District Judge Carl Nichols declined to delay the start of the trial and shot down several defense strategies proposed by Bannon’s legal team. 

Nichols blocked the defense from calling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and members of the Jan 6. committee to the stand, barred it from arguing that the select committee violated House rules by calling on Bannon to testify, and from arguing that the former Breitbart executive chairman ignored the subpoena on the advice of his counsel or at Trump’s direction. 

A video of Steve Bannon.
A video of Steve Bannon is played during the third public hearing of the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
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A protester calls for Steve Bannon's indictment.
A protester calls for Steve Bannon’s indictment.
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Steve Bannon's attorneys M. Evan Corcoran, left and David Schoen.
Steve Bannon’s attorneys M. Evan Corcoran (left) and David Schoen talk to reporters after a hearing.
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Prospective jurors are expected to be asked if they have watched any of the Jan. 6 committee’s hearings this summer and whether they would have any difficulty putting aside opinions they might have about the people involved, according to CBS News.

Bannon faces a minimum of 60 days in prison if convicted on both counts and could be sentenced to up to two years behind bars and fined up to $2,000.

His trial is seen as a major test of the power of Congress to punish witnesses who refuse to comply with House subpoenas.

Another former Trump White House aide, trade adviser Peter Navarro, was indicted on two counts of contempt of Congress in June. Last week, a spokesperson for Navarro announced he had turned down a plea offer that would have required him to plead guilty.

The Justice Department has declined to pursue contempt charges against two more Trump aides, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former deputy chief of staff for communications Dan Scavino, who were part of the administration at the time of the riot.

Ahead of Bannon’s trial, the committee has noted its interest in information he might have regarding conversations with Trump leading up to Jan. 6. 

During last week’s hearing, the committee revealed White House records that showed the two spoke twice on Jan. 5, 2021. The first call came just before Bannon made a prediction on his podcast that “all hell is going to break loose” the following day.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
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The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
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There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
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He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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