Bannon is trying to persuade the judge not to prevent him and his attorney from sharing the documents he receives from the Ministry of Justice with the public prior to his trial.
Justice Department prosecutors said in the filing Sunday that some of those records should remain classified while the case is pending, because they include internal communications between congressional staff and notes of FBI interviews with witnesses who could testify against Bannon at trial.
“Allowing the defendant to publish public reports of witness statements would have the side effect of witness tampering because it would expose witnesses to public comment on their potential testimony before trial and allow the witness to review summaries of other witnesses’ statements recounting the same event or the prosecutors wrote on Sunday.”
Bannon is charged with two counts of contempt of Congress, of failing to testify and turn over documents in response to a subpoena from the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. He pleaded not guilty. The defense team and prosecutors are scheduled to return to court on December 7, where they will talk about a trial date and possibly discuss confidentiality issues in the case again.
that it It is not publicly known what witnesses interviewed by the FBI about Bannon.
In the new court filing, attorneys general from the United States Attorney’s Office in DC, Amanda Vaughn, JP Cooney and Molly Gaston, discuss privately with Bannon speaking publicly about his case, including outside court after his initial appearance, where he said his legal team will be on The offense and charges against him would be “hell” for the Biden administration. Prosecutors also said that his attorneys did not engage in good faith negotiations over the confidentiality order proposed in the case, as the judge overseeing the case wanted.
“The defense’s misleading claims, unexplained sentence dissent, and extrajudicial statements illustrate the defense’s true purpose: the misuse of criminal discovery to prosecute this case in the media rather than in court,” prosecutors wrote.