(PresidentialInsider.com)- Steve Bannon isn’t just sitting back and playing defense after he was charged with contempt for not cooperating with a subpoena issued by the House’s January 6 investigating committee. He’s going on the attack.
This week, Bannon, a one-time top advisor to former President Donald Trump, filed a motion in U.S. district court that would require all documents that are related to his case be released to the public. He filed his motion in response to a protect order the court issued for discovery that prevents both the prosecution and defense from releasing any documents or evidence they have to the public.
Bannon’s legal team provided a statement to the Washington Post on the incident that read:
“In the opposition filed today, Mr. Bannon asked the judge to follow the normal process and allow unfettered access to and use of the documents. Members of the public should make their own independent judgment as to whether the U.S. Department of Justice is committed to a just result based upon all the facts.”
Bannon is facing two counts of contempt of Congress following a federal grand jury indicting him because he didn’t appear before the House’s committee. Bannon plead not guilty to all the charges on him.
One of the arguments Bannon’s legal team is making is that the government hasn’t yet given a concrete reason why the documents they are using in Bannon’s case should be kept private.
As the statement to the Post read:
“The Government offered no reason why it wanted to limit Mr. Bannon’s attorneys in their use of the documents to prepare a defense.”
They also have argued that by agreeing to the protective order for discovery issued by the prosecution, the case would become much more complicated.
Bannon’s attorney, Evan Concoran, said the defense would likely need to locate more witnesses and documents in this request. Amanda Vaughn, the assistant U.S. attorney in the case, said there are “less than 20 documents” that would have to be provided.
It’s already been revealed by the National Pulse that the House investigating committee fabricated some information related to the case. Initially, they were saying that Bernard Kerik, the police commissioner of New York, was part of a meeting on January 5 at the Willard Hotel. In fact, they even sent a letter to his lawyers saying they had “credible evidence” he was there.
That “evidence” they used was tollbooth records, but it showed that he was nowhere near the hotel on that day.
In other words, conservatives like Bannon are on point in questioning the intentions of the committee, which is why making the documents available to the public could hold the members in check as they conduct their investigation.
Bannon said before he entered his plea that they’d fight his case in public on behalf of every single American who “likes freedom of speech and liberty.” He explained:
“Not just Trump people and not just conservatives — every progressive, every liberal in this country that likes freedom of speech and liberty should be fighting for this case. That’s why I’m here today: for everybody. I’m never going to back down.”