(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- The order handed down by the judge who will preside over the future trial of Steve Bannon for contempt of Congress places severe restrictions on the types of valid defense arguments Bannon will be allowed to employ when he appears in court.
After refusing to comply with a subpoena issued by the House Select Committee investigating the attack that occurred on January 6, 2021, on the United States Capitol, Bannon is scheduled to go on trial in one week. The subpoena required him to turn over documents and provide evidence. According to many sources, the former top strategist for Donald Trump would now agree to testify, even though prosecutors from the Justice Department claim that this change of heart nine months later should be regarded as “irrelevant” to the contempt charges he is set to face.
The judge presiding over the Bannon case, Carl Nichols, issued a judgment on Monday declaring that there would be no postponement of the trial scheduled to begin on July 18th. Jessica Schneider of CNN reported on the decision and described how it leaves Bannon with no defense grounds regarding using his attorneys or referring to executive privilege. Schneider was covering the story for CNN.
Schneider stated that the court determined that the government needs to establish that Steve Bannon intentionally disobeyed the subpoena in October of last year. The court ruled that Steve Bannon could not introduce new material into the case. He cannot claim that he was acting in accordance with the recommendations of his legal advisors, and he can’t claim that he was basing his actions on claims of executive privilege made by former President Trump.
Schneider referred to this as a “hard line against Steve Bannon” as she explained that Nichols gave Bannon the option of arguing that he misunderstood the dates for complying with the subpoena. Bannon would then have the opportunity to argue that he misunderstood the dates for complying with the subpoena. She went on to say that for the government to win its case, all that is required is evidence to show that Bannon willfully disobeyed the subpoena.