President Donald Trump’s ex-adviser Steve Bannon is being accused of fuelling the fire for his criminal case, whereby attracting media attention, and sharing with people through the public platforms, and turning it into a media trial.
The DC District Court saw the relevant filings where the prosecutors expect the judge to intervene on limiting what the accused can share on media platforms.
Bannon was charged with 2 counts of contempt of Congress, as he failed to testify and produce before them documents as requested in a subpoena from the House Select Committee, which has been investigating the Capitol Hill Riots which took place on Jan 06 this year.
He pleads not guilty, and is prepared to fight for his say, and will be back in court on December 7, to set a trial date, and go over the confidentiality details in the case.
The ex-adviser has been trying his best to convince the judge by making it a question of his right to express and narrate his side of the story. He pleads to allow that the documents being shared by the Justice Department with him and his lawyers are allowed to be shared with the public.
The DOJ prosecutor requests that certain information must be kept privileged until the case is sub-judice as they include conversations between congressional staffers and notes of FBI interviews with witnesses who could testify against Bannon at his trial.
“Allowing the defendant to publicly disseminate reports of witness statements will have the collateral effect of witness tampering because it will expose witnesses to public commentary on their potential testimony before trial and allow a witness to review summaries of other witnesses’ statements recounting the same event or events,” the prosecutors at DOJ wrote on Sunday.
They also stated about Bannon’s attempts that, “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”.