Washington — If it had been as much as the federal authorities, the contempt trial of former prime Trump aidecan be a speedy one, requiring solely a single day of testimony. Prosecutors actually have a day in thoughts — a while by or earlier than mid-April of subsequent yr, in line with a brand new court docket submitting.
On the court docket’s request and forward of Tuesday’s scheduled standing convention, Bannon’s authorized staff and the D.C. U.S. lawyer’s workplace filed late Monday evening a standing report outlining their expectations for a possible trial. The report reveals that the 2 sides are far aside on nearly every part concerning this trial.
The federal government is asking the court docket for a deadline of December 13 for Bannon to make his discovery requests, and it expects to have the ability to reply inside 4 days — not as a result of the supplies are really easy to supply, however for the other cause that they are data that the prosecution expects it would not have or management.
Bannon, whostemming from his refusal to supply paperwork for the Home choose committee on the Capitol and his refusal to be interviewed by the committee, argues that his trial shouldn’t be a speedy one. His attorneys say discovery “will take effort and time.” They suppose the trial shouldn’t happen till October 17, 2022.
The protection attorneys argue that the typical legal trial within the D.C. District Courtroom has a lifetime of a few yr. And this, they are saying, isn’t any abnormal case; it raises “complicated constitutional points” involving the relationships between the branches of presidency at its highest ranges.
Due to this fact, Bannon’s attorneys say, “There isn’t a foundation for having these points adjudicated on a rushed foundation.”
Bannon’s staff mentioned within the standing report that it expects to hunt data from many sources together with the next:
- “The principle U.S. Division of Justice (paperwork reflecting the choice to cost Mr. Bannon)
- “Different Govt Department elements, together with the White Home (paperwork reflecting the choice to cost Mr. Bannon)
- “The U.S. Home of Representatives (paperwork reflecting the authorization of the subpoena and the steps taken to hunt a legal referral of Mr. Bannon, and the consideration of alternate options).”
Additional, his attorneys mentioned they “count on that there shall be a necessity for professional discovery.” The federal government doesn’t plan to name professional witnesses.