Washington (Nation World News) — The FBI interviewed Donald Trump’s attorney two weeks ago, federal prosecutors revealed in a new court case Monday, a previously unknown development that could significantly shape the Justice Department’s extensive investigation into the Jan. on the Capitol.
In his June 29 interview, the attorney, Justin Clark, contradicted former Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s claim that the former president invoked executive privilege over certain information or materials, which Bannon had cited as an excuse to avoid testify. insurrection.
Bannon told the commission on Saturday that he is now willing to testify, ideally at a public hearing, according to a letter obtained by Nation World News. He had previously defied a subpoena from Congress and is due to stand trial on contempt charges later this month.
The change takes place after receiving a letter from Trump renouncing the executive privilege, while both the select committee of the Chamber of Representatives and the federal tax authorities support that this claim of privilege never gives Bannon a white letter to ignore a citation from the Congress in first place.
According to prosecutors, “Bannon’s attorney misrepresented to the select committee what the former president’s attorney had told the defendant’s attorney.”
In October, Bannon’s lawyers told the House Select Committee that Clark had informed Trump would exercise executive privilege over Bannon and “directed Bannon not to file or testify until the matter of executive privilege.
Prosecutors have already cited emails from Clark telling Bannon’s attorney, Robert Costello, that the letter Costello subpoenaed to the commission did not, in fact, indicate that the White House believed Bannon could claim executive privilege.
“The former president’s attorney made it clear to the defendant’s attorney that the letter does not provide a basis for total non-compliance,” prosecutors wrote in Monday’s lawsuit.
The January 6 commission was interested in speaking with Bannon about his communications with Trump in December 2020, when Bannon reportedly asked him to focus on certifying the results of the January 6 presidential election. Committee members were also interested in Bannon’s comments in the run-up to the Capitol insurrection, including a podcast on January 5 in which he predicted, “Chaos will break loose tomorrow.”
In a court case on Monday, federal prosecutors called Bannon’s willingness to testify now before the House select committee a “last-minute” effort that does not change the case against him, noting that he has not filed the records.
“Defendant’s last-minute efforts to testify nearly nine months after his failure to comply – he has yet to make any effort to turn over his records – are irrelevant to whether he voluntarily refused to comply with the selected commission’s subpoena of October 2021.” “, the prosecutors wrote.
Bannon is scheduled to go on trial on July 18.
“The criminal contempt statute is not intended to achieve compliance; is intended to punish past non-compliance,” prosecutors wrote in their filing.