Prosecutors said they have handed over nearly 1,100 pages of documents related to the charges of contempt against Steve Bannon while accusing the defense of “senseless” attempts to delay the case.
That Ministry of Justice said it had submitted 65 documents containing approximately 1,092 pages of information after being requested by the defense following a status hearing for Bannon’s case on 18 November.
The cases were filed under a “discovery” request, in which the prosecutors must provide materials and evidence that they intend to use in an upcoming trial for the defense.
According to court documents filed on Sunday, the documents filed were information relating to grand jury material, law enforcement reports on witness hearings, internal communication between committee staff, correspondence between the defendant and others, information on the law enforcement database relating to the defendant. and public source news reports that the government collected in its investigation.
Bannon has been charged with two counts of contempt Congress to defy subpoenas and refuse to answer questions from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
Also prosecutors accused Bannon’s defense team attempts to delay the proceedings by filing “outrageous” legal complaints in an attempt to “try this case in the media” rather than in court.
“The misleading and frivolous nature of the defendant’s allegations of prejudice shows that they are merely a cover for the real reason that the defendant opposes a protection order in this case and which he and his lawyer have expressed in their extrajudicial statements – that defendant wants to get trial through the press, “wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Vaughn.
The prosecution argued that Bannon’s public trial and statement to Washington Post where he called for all documents to be made available to the public so that they can “take their own independent assessment of whether the U.S. Department of Justice is committed to a fair outcome based on all the facts,” is such a trivial attempt to delay litigation.
“Contrary to what the defendant said Washington Post, allowing unhindered public access to discovery materials, regardless of their use or relevance to public litigation, is not the “normal process.” It’s the opposite of normal, “Vaughn said.
Bannon was indicted shortly after District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan forged Trump’s attempt to exercise executive privileges to keep documents about him and his allies from the prelude to January 6 hidden.
After a court hearing on November 15, Bannon warned that the charges against him will be the “offense from hell” for the Attorney General Merrick Garland, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and president Joe Biden.
“We’re going on the offensive,” Bannon said. “They accepted the wrong guy this time; they accepted the wrong guys.”
Bannon’s team has been contacted for further comments.