Before Evan Corcoran, Steve Bannon’s attorney, finished his opening remarks, he was interrupted with government objections.
Corcoran took aim at the government’s case: “The government wants you to believe that Mr. Bannon committed a crime by not appearing in a congressional hearing.”
Corcoran told the jury that the evidence would be “clear” that “no one, no one believes that Steve Bannon will show up on October 14, 2021.”
He suggested that the government’s inability to meet was an obligation of proof that Bannon was intentionally bankrupt in the subpoena.
He said the jury would “hear that date as the subject of ongoing negotiations and discussions,” as he pointed to an October letter from Bannon’s attorney asking for another week. about the duration of the subpoena.
Corcoran turned to the argument about a contemptuous resolution, prompting Vaughn to protest.
Corcoran began again after a brief discussion under seal – out of the ears of the public or the jury – by noting that the contempt resolution was passed by a slim majority.
“At the end of the trial, you will be the only one to decide if the government has met its burden of proof,” Corcoran said.
One question he put to the jury – asked them, “was this piece of evidence influenced by politics?” – another objection from Vaughn.
He then ended his preamble by asking the jury to declare Bannon innocent.