Steve Bannon Wants to Turn His Trial Into a Search of the Biden White House




  • In Politics
  • 2021-12-07 03:12:55Z
  • By The Daily Beast
Jim Bourg/Reuters
Jim Bourg/Reuters  

It's the next phase in the Passion of Steve Bannon.

The one-time political adviser to former President Donald Trump is facing criminal charges for refusing to help the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection. And he's trying to use the case against him as a crusade to potentially expose whether the Biden administration's White House or politically appointed leaders at the Justice Department were involved in the decision to go after him.

On Monday night, Bannon's legal team and federal prosecutors filed a joint status report in his case that details the road ahead.

In the run-up to a trial sometime next year, Bannon's lawyers plan to seek evidence from the White House and Justice Department that includes "documents reflecting the decision to charge Mr. Bannon," according to the court filing.

The latest filing shows that federal prosecutors want to speed that up as much as possible, aiming to put Bannon on trial as early as April. That's just six months from his Nov. 12 indictment, which would make the case a lightning-fast prosecution. Although the DOJ did not say so in its filing Monday night, the legislators who kickstarted this process have made clear they want to make an example out of Bannon to show that witnesses will be punished for defying congressional subpoenas.

The former Trump strategist is the most resistant witness yet faced by the House select committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol earlier this year, when thousands of Trump supporters attempted to halt Congress from formally certifying Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election. Bannon, now a right-wing media personality, beat the war drum in the run-up to the event and has since called for rejecting the legitimacy of the current American government. When he refused to show up before the bipartisan committee and testify behind closed doors-or even deliver requested documents-he was held in contempt of Congress and charged criminally.

Meanwhile, Biden's lawyers say they are seeking to push the trial to October 2022-perhaps not coincidentally mere days before the midterm elections. That would fit snugly with Bannon's overarching goal to politicize his case, or as he put it last month, turn it into the "misdemeanor from hell for Merrick Garland, Nancy Pelosi, and Joe Biden."

Former prosecutors and law school professors closely watching the case have already made clear that Bannon's legal strategy appears to be to blow up the whole system.

Steve Bannon's Jan. 6 Legal Strategy: 'Blowing Up the Whole System'

Bannon's lawyers, M. Evan Corcoran and David I. Schoen, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Despite the relative rush to put him on trial, the government's lawyers do admit that this case is unique. After all, it involves a former president claiming he still has the power to exercise executive privilege and keep his ex-employees from helping the current government conduct an investigation.

As the DOJ put it Monday night: "This case raises complex constitutional issues of first impression. Some of these issues involve inter-branch relationships and on the operations of the U.S. government at its highest levels."

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here

Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!

Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

COMMENTS

More Related News

On student loans, Biden doesn
On student loans, Biden doesn't have an answer yet

Lawmakers and advocates who have pushed for President Biden to act on student loan forgiveness were left frustrated and disappointed this week when he didn't...

400 Million Free N95 Face Masks Are Being Dispensed - Here
400 Million Free N95 Face Masks Are Being Dispensed - Here's How To Get Yours

The Biden administration aims to make 400 million N95 masks available to all Americans for free at pharmacies and community health centers next week, a White...

Fox News host Tucker Carlson compares vaccine mandates to
Fox News host Tucker Carlson compares vaccine mandates to 'Nazi experiments'

Influential host calls measures imposed by Biden administration 'unethical' and 'immoral' Tucker Carlson in Phoenix, Arizona on 19 December 2021. Photograph:...

White House Offers Free At-Home COVID Tests, Mailed Straight to Your Household - How Long Will They Last?
White House Offers Free At-Home COVID Tests, Mailed Straight to Your Household - How Long Will They Last?

If you start getting messages this afternoon from friends and family telling you that you can receive free at-home COVID-19 tests -- delivered by the U.S...

Rudy Giuliani and Michael Flynn to see honorary university degrees revoked
Rudy Giuliani and Michael Flynn to see honorary university degrees revoked

University of Rhode Island board votes unanimously to revoke degrees given to key allies of Donald Trump in 2003 and 2014'House of Trump is crumbling': the...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Politics