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DOJ prosecutors attack Bannon for wanting to publish evidence against him

Bannon tries to convince a judge not to ban him and his lawyers from sharing documents he receives from the Justice Department with the public ahead of his trial.

Department of Justice prosecutors said in the filing on Sunday that some of these files must be kept private while the case is pending, as they include internal communications between members of Congress and notes of FBI interviews with witnesses who could testify against Bannon at trial.

“Allowing the accused to publicly release witness statement reports will have the collateral effect of tampering with witnesses, as it will expose witnesses to public comment on their potential pre-trial testimony and allow a witness to review the summaries.” statements from other witnesses recounting the same event or events, “prosecutors wrote on Sunday.

Bannon is charged with two counts of contempt of Congress, for failing to testify and failing to deliver documents in response to a subpoena from the special House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. United. He pleaded not guilty. The defense team and prosecutors are expected to be back in court on December 7, when they discuss a trial date and potentially discuss privacy issues in the case again.

It is it is not publicly known which witnesses the FBI interviewed about Bannon.

In the new court case, DC U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecutors Amanda Vaughn, JP Cooney and Molly Gaston object in particular to Bannon speaking publicly about his case, including outside of court after his appearance. initial, where he said his legal team would be on the offense and the charge against him would be “hell” for the Biden administration. Prosecutors also said his lawyers had not engaged in good faith negotiations over a proposed confidentiality order in the case, as the judge handling the case had wished.

“The defense’s misleading claims, inability to confer, unexplained massive opposition, and out-of-court statements clearly show the true purpose of the defense: to abuse criminal discovery to try this case in the media rather than in court,” said writes prosecutors.

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