Sunday, November 28, 2021

Bannon’s lawyers object to the documents being kept secret

Steve Bannon, a former Trump White House adviser, has filed an objection to the US District Court’s standard disclosure order, which prohibits any party from publishing documents or evidence.

Bannon, 67, pleaded not guilty last week to charges of contempt of Congress, and his team of lawyers previously argued that the case would be more difficult if the discovery protection order was accepted.

“Members of the public must make their own independent judgment as to whether the US Department of Justice is committed to a fair outcome based on all the facts,” said a statement provided to The Washington Post on behalf of Bannon. “In a protest filed today, Mr. Bannon asked the judge to proceed as usual and to allow unimpeded access to and use of the documents.”

US Assistant Attorney Amanda Vaughn said it was necessary to provide “less than 20 documents,” but Bannon’s attorney Evan Corcoran told reporters that the defense will likely need to find more documents and witnesses.

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Bannon’s legal team argued that the government did not offer specific reasons why the documents should be hidden from the public, adding that many of the documents that would be limited by the proposed protection order in this case are already in the public domain.

“The government did not provide any reasons why it wanted to restrict Mr. Bannon’s lawyers from using documents to prepare a defense,” Bannon said in a statement.

Bannon refused to comply with an order from the House Ad Hoc Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol to provide tapes and testimony of his actions leading up to the attack. The committee is interested in asking Bannon about events at the Willard Hotel in the week prior to January 6th.

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