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Steve Bannon's attorneys wish to finish his prison case after the ex-Trump adviser spoke in regards to the beheading of Fauci

Former White House Senior Advisor to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, leaves E. Barrett Prettyman's courthouse in the United States after testifying at the Roger Stone Trial in Washington, DC on November 8, 2019.

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Former top Trump adviser Steve Bannon's criminal defense attorneys will attempt to pull out of the case just a day after Bannon spoke about FBI Director Christopher Wray and federal infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, to be beheaded.

"Mr. Bannon is in the process of keeping a new attorney and [the company of] Quinn Emanuel intends to retire," wrote his principal attorney, William Burck, Friday in a letter to Judge Analisa Torres at the US District Court in Manhattan, where Bannon is next May be on trial.

Burck asked Torres for a three-week continuation of a status conference on the case, which is currently scheduled for Monday.

"Mr. Bannon respectfully requests that the status conference on this matter be adjourned for three weeks so that he can officially keep a new attorney," wrote Burck.

He found that prosecutors in the US Attorney's office for the Southern New York District and attorneys for Bannon's three co-defendants had agreed to the adjournment. Torres signed the motion on Friday and scheduled the next hearing for December 2nd.

Burck declined to speak to CNBC when asked why he and his co-counsel Daniel Koffmann plan to stop representing Bannon.

Burck is a well-respected Republican attorney who served in the White House as an adviser to President George W. Bush and represented Bannon and other Trump White House officials in Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

A spokeswoman for Bannon had no immediate comment on Burck's letter.

In this file photo dated August 25, 2014, Attorney Bill Burck goes to court in Richmond, Virginia.

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Bannon, former head of conservative news site Breitbart, is on his criminal case accusing him and his co-defendants of defrauding donors to a nonprofit group allegedly funding the construction of a wall on the southern border for bail of $ 5 Millions of dollars free from the United States.

He has pleaded not guilty in this case.

Bannon led President Donald Trump's winning campaign in the final part of the 2016 cycle.

He later served in the White House as senior adviser to Trump before the president fired him in August 2017.

Twitter finally suspended the account of Bannon's "War Room: Pandemic" podcast on Thursday after talking about Fauci and Wray on that show as he discussed a hypothetical second term for Trump. Fauci is the director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases.

The episode was also removed from YouTube because it violated the guidelines of this video platform.

On his podcast, Bannon had said, "The second term begins with the firing of Wray and the firing of Fauci."

"Now I really want to go a step further, but I know that the president is a kind and good man," said Bannon.

"I'd actually like to go back to the old days of Tudor England, I'd put heads on pike, right, I'd put them on the two corners of the White House to warn the federal bureaucrats. They also get you with the program or you're gone – time to stop playing games. "

Bannon's spokeswoman said Thursday that he had not proposed beheading Fauci and Wray.

She also said he "never called for violence of any kind".

"Mr. Bannon's comment was clearly metaphorical. He previously played a clip of the trial of St. Thomas More and alluded to this historic event in Tudor England for rhetorical reasons," said the spokeswoman.

"Mr Bannon has been openly critical of FBI Director Chris Wray for weeks and has called for his dismissal for failing to examine and access Hunter Biden's hard drive. It has been in the possession of Director Wray since December 2019," she said.

"In addition, Mr. Bannon endorsed White House comments calling for the immediate dismissal of Dr. Fauci."

A US prosecutor's spokesman declined to speak on Friday when asked if they would try to revoke Bannon's release certificate or ask a judge to gag him over his comments on Fauci and Wray.

The same bureau had told the judge in August that a "steady stream" of "highly flammable" social media posts about the case of Bannon's co-defendant Brian Kolfage risked the potential pool of jurors for the trial of the four men influence .

At the time, prosecutors said that a gag order might be required against Kolfage as he described the case as a "witch hunt".

Following that letter, Judge Torres Kolfage warned Bannon and the other two defendants, Anthony Badolato and Timothy Shea, at a court hearing that they would take action "if I found any public statements by lawyers or defendants." the ability of the court to conduct a fair trial. "

When asked by the judge at the hearing whether he understood, Bannon said, "Yes, your honor."

A Twitter spokesman said in a statement Thursday, "The @WarRoomPandemic account has been permanently banned for violating the Twitter rules, in particular our guidelines on the glorification of violence. "

Alex Joseph, a spokesman for YouTube, owned by Google, said, "We removed this video because it violated our guidelines against incitement to violence. We will continue to be vigilant as we enforce our guidelines in the post-election period . "

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