Bannon is charged with two counts of contempt of Congress, for failing to testify and turn over documents in response to a subpoena from the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack at the US Capitol. He has pleaded not guilty. The defense team and prosecutors are set to be back in court on December 7, when they’ll talk about a trial date and potentially discuss confidentiality issues in the case again.
Su not publicly known what witnesses the FBI interviewed about Bannon.
In the new court filing, the prosecutors from the DC US Attorney’s Office, Amanda Vaughn, J.P. Cooney and Molly Gaston, especially take issue with Bannon speaking publicly about his case, including outside the court after his initial appearance, where he said his legal team would be on the offense and the charge against him would be “infierno” for the Biden administration. The prosecutors also have said his lawyers didn’t take part in good-faith negotiations on a proposed confidentiality order in the case, as the judge overseeing the case had wanted.
“The defense’s misleading claims, failure to confer, unexplained wholesale opposition, and extrajudicial statements make clear the defense’s real purpose: to abuse criminal discovery to try this case in the media rather than in court,” the prosecutors wrote.