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U.S. judge sets July 18 trial date for Trump associate Bannon

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By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A judge set a July 18 trial date on Tuesday for Steve Bannon, who served as chief strategist to former President Donald Trump, on criminal charges of contempt of Congress for defying a House of Representatives inquiry into the deadly Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot. The date, announced by U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols, represented a compromise between timelines sought during a hearing by the prosecution and Bannon’s lawyers. Prosecutors wanted a trial in mid-April, while Bannon’s lawyers asked for a date in mid-October to give them more time to prepare. “In…

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