Bannon trial closing arguments set for Friday after defense calls no witnesses
Closing arguments in Steve Bannon’s contempt of Congress were set on Friday after Donald Trump’s former adviser refused to put forward a defense argument or present evidence to a jury.
Federal Public Prosecution They rested their case against Bannon on WednesdayOn Thursday, Bannon’s team indicated that they would not call any witnesses or present a defense case. Most of Wednesday was spent in discussions away from the jury, including talking about a defense motion for acquittal and discussing final instructions to be delivered to the jury before deliberations begin.
Bannon’s attorney, David Schoen, said that while Bannon wanted to testify, he would not do so on the attorney’s advice.
Schoen said Bannon “has desperately wanted to do this since the day he was convicted,” but that his client understands that he will be “prevented from explaining the true facts” of the case due to limitations on the kinds of defenses Bannon is allowed to make as he persevered forward.
“He wanted to certify under oath that at all times he was doing what he thought the law required him to do,” Schwinn said.
Schoen added that “since Mr. Bannon will be barred from testifying about his reliance on counsel’s advice, he will not testify” and will not contact former attorney Robert Costello.
Bannon himself spoke for the first time during his trial, telling the judge that he was waiving his right to testify.
Bannon was charged with contempt of Congress last year after he refused to comply with a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack. He faces up to a year in prison if convicted, and a minimum sentence of 30 days.
The Ministry of Justice said jurors who – which Bannon I think it wasabove the lawThey have brought what they say is a relatively straightforward case against Bannon. They said Bannon was asked to submit documents and testimony to the commission by specific dates last October, but failed to do so.
Meanwhile, the Jan. 6 panel is scheduled to hold a preliminary hearing Thursday night that will focus on Trump’s activities in 187 minutes They say Trump failed to call off the rioters who were attacking the Capitol.