Former Trump White House strategist Steve Bannon was put on trial in July for two misdemeanor charges stemming from his failure to appear for questioning by the committee looking into the events of January 6th at the U.S. Capitol.
It is no secret that the House Select Committee’s investigation into what happened on January 6, 2020, aims to pin the blame for those events on the former president Trump.
The former president has criticized the committee for a number of things and claimed that none of the demonstrators who breached the law on January 6 were inspired by him.
The former president Trump has added that he asked the mayor of Washington, D.C., to turn down his request for National Guard assistance on that day.
Trump recently made a comment on social media about how the mayor initially turned down the National Guard on that day, but now he wants them to assist with the influx of illegal immigrants into Washington, D.C., who are less numerous than the crowd at the Capitol on January 6.
Trump has called the House Committee’s attempts to implicate him repeatedly a “witch hunt” and stated that he is complying when questioned.
The investigation has been ongoing, but little of the information they are looking for has been discovered as 2022 draws to a close.
One of the witnesses the committee has invited to try to refute the former president Trump is Bannon.
He asserted that he was not permitted to speak to the committee on the events of January 6, 2021 due to executive privilege.
Bannon was allowed to speak before the committee after Trump said he was waiving executive privilege at one point.
Bannon was accused of contempt after the committee rejected the exemption.
Bannon claimed he was prevented from attending a deposition last year because Trump had invoked presidential privilege.
For the same reason, Bannon likewise declined to share any materials.
Bannon allegedly left the White House in 2017 according to prosecutors.
The subpoena dates, which defense counsel Evan Corcoran referred to as “placeholders,” were a mistake, he claimed, according to Bannon.
Additionally, according to Corcoran, prosecutor Assistant U.S. Attorney Molly Gaston and key government witness Kristin Amerling had a book club and donated to Democratic political candidates.
Amerling had claimed that the committee was interested in learning more about Bannon’s contacts with former President Trump and other individuals as well as a comment he made on a podcast in an effort to pin the responsibility for the events of January 6 at the Capitol on the then-president.
Bannon was found guilty on two counts of contempt of congress in July 2022 after he disregarded his subpoena, failed to appear in court, and failed to provide the requested documents.
Bannon praised the judge and the jury for their work in remarks he made outside the courthouse, but he criticized the House Select Committee for holding what he called a “show trial.”
David Schoen, Bannon’s lawyer, promised to file an appeal.
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Schoen stated at the time, “The overreaching by the government in this case has been extraordinary on every level. But shame on this office, on the United States Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice, for how far it went in this case.”
Bannon also vowed to appeal, saying the legal conflict was nowhere near complete.
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