(FiveNation.com)- Steve Bannon, the former advisor to President Donald Trump, has reportedly called for documents in his contempt-of-Congress charges case to be published. Lawyers representing the former Trump aide have said that he intends to use the documents in his defense, as he argues that he legitimately refused to comply with a subpoena based on the former president’s executive privilege.
Bannon’s lawyers moved to oppose a standard protective order for the discovery process that was put in place by a district court judge. Such a decision stops both sides of the case – the state and Bannon – from releasing the documents.
Why would the state want to protect the documents found in the discovery process if there’s nothing for them to hide and if Bannon is truly guilty of contempt?
A statement from Bannon’s lawyers sent to The Washington Post said that the American people should “make their own independent judgment as to whether the U.S. Department of Justice is committed to a just result based upon all the facts.”
After the airing of the Kyle Rittenhouse case on television, it’s clear why Bannon’s lawyers would want the public to know the truth. It’s hard for the state to wrongly convict someone of a crime they did not convict when the whole country knows what is really going on.
Bannon pleaded not guilty to contempt-of-Congress charges after he refused to comply with a subpoena issued by the ultra-partisan Democrat House Committee that claims to be investigating the origins of the January 6 riot in Washington, D.C.
Earlier in November Bannon was indicted by a federal grand jury after accepting legal advice from former President Donald Trump not to comply with the order, which would have given Democrats an opportunity to get ahold of irrelevant and sensitive documents from the Trump administration as part of a fishing expedition to find something new to hurt the former president with.
Attorneys representing the state claim that there are “less than 20 documents” that will be obtained during the discovery progress, but Bannon’s lawyers say that there are many more documents that would need to be obtained and made available.
Bannon’s attorneys also said that the state provided no reason as to why they wanted the discovery process to be made private.
What are they hiding?