Steve Bannon convicted of both contempt charges of Jan 6
Former Trump political strategist Steve Bannon was found guilty by a federal jury of two counts of criminal contempt of Congress for knowingly ignoring a subpoena in connection with the assassination attempt on the United States Capitol last year.
There were just two government witnesses, including the House Select Committee’s deputy staff director, who testified in the case against Bannon.
According to the DOJ, there were no grey areas in the case; it was black and white, like the subpoena that was issued to Bannon last fall.
In closing remarks, Assistant U.S. Attorney Molly Gaston stated, “The defendant chose allegiance to Donald Trump over compliance with the law,”
On the social networking site Gettr, prosecutors said, Bannon had posted that he would “NOT comply” with the first committee deadline on Oct. 8, 2021, after the date had passed.
“all hell is going to break loose” a day before the siege of the Capitol, Kristin Amerling, a government witness for the Jan. 6 committee, told jurors during a hearing on Bannon’s interactions with former President Trump.
Lawyers for Steve Bannon claimed he made a blunder with the dates of subpoenas and accused him of political bias.
Because of his prominence in right-wing media and his close association with President Trump, former White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon has become a major player in Republican politics.
As a result, the Democratic-led committee received no documents from Bannon and the former White House chief strategist refused to appear for questioning last year, saying he was prohibited from testifying because Trump had invoked executive privilege.
Donald Trump’s own counsel stated that the privilege claim would not cover Bannon’s complete refusal to participate with the House Select Committee, and U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols agreed.
Bannon’s lawyer, Evan Corcoran, said that the subpoena dates were “placeholders.” and that Bannon had made a mistake. Amerling had also donated to Democratic candidates and was a member of the same reading club as prosecutor Gaston, according to Corcoran’s assertions.
Corcoran told jurors that “The thing about bias is that sometimes people become blind to it,”
It is a smokescreen, say the prosecutors, to confuse the jury by injecting politics into the case.
Gaston stated, “The only person who is making this case about politics is the defendant and he is doing it to distract and confuse you,” “Don’t let him.” I said.
On the eve of the trial, Bannon offered to speak before Congress in a public session, a last-minute attempt to delay the case. According to prosecutors, the offer made by the Justice Department was “and not even a good one,” because it failed to meet the panel’s request for documents.