Work and World

Rocky Ending To Bannon’s Closing Argument As His Attorney Brings Up Politics

>>> A JURY RIGHT NOW HAS THE STEVE BANNON CASE AND BEGAN DELIBERATING ABOUT 40 MINUTES AGO AFTER A CLIMATIC FINAL DAY OF ARGUMENTS. PROSECUTORS CLOSING OUT SAYING BANNON SHOWED DEFIANCE NO-SHOWING A FEDERAL SUBPOENA. BANNON’S TEAM INJECTING POLITICS. SARAH, TELL US MORE. >> Reporter: THAT IS RIGHT. THE JURY IS DELIBERATING. IT COMES AFTER THE PROSECUTION LAID OUT A SIMPLE CLOSING SAYING THIS IS A GUY THAT DID NOT SHOW UP AND CHOSE HIS ALLEGIANCE OVER DONALD TRUMP OVER THE LAW AND HE DEFIED THE SUBPOENA. HE DOES NOT BELIEVE THE RULES APPLY TO HIM COMPARING IT TO A PARKING TICKET, A RELEVANT ANALOGY SAYING YOU CAN PAY IT AND APPEAL AND IF THE GOVERNMENT REJECTS YOUR EXCUSE, YOU HAVE TO PAY IT. YOU DON’T GET TO SNUB IT AND WALK AWAY. A ROCKY CLOSING FOR THE DEFENSE. A LOT OF ARGUMENTS WERE FORECLOSED ON THEM FROM THE JUDGE, OBJECTION AFTER OBJECTION AND ARGUED SOMETIMES PEOPLE TRY TO SILENCE THEIR POLITICAL CRITICS ARGUING STEVE BANNON IS ISN’T. WE WILL SEE HOW IT ALL SITS WITH THE JURY. IT WENT TO THEM AROUND LUNCHTIME. IF BANNON IS CONVICTED HE FACES 30 DAYS BEHIND BARS BUT IT ALREADY APPEARS HIS LAWYERS ARE WORKING TOWARDS AN APPEAL EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE WAITING FOR THE VERDICT. ELLIOTT, IT WAS A QUICK TRIAL. HE GOT A SUBPOENA. HE TRIED TO APPEAL IT. HE WAS TOLD NO AND DEFIED IT. DO YOU SEE ANY WIGGLE ROOM FOR THE JURY OR IS IT CLEAR-CUT? >> IT IS NOT RACKETEERING. IT IS NOT A BIG CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY. YOU ARE PROVING EFS WAS THERE A SUBPOENA AND DID HE KNOW IT AND VIOLATE IT KNOWINGLY. THERE IS A PATH TO OBJECTING TO A SUBPOENA. YOU BRING IT TO THE COURT. EVERY PROSECUTOR IN HISTORY HAD THEIR HEART BROKEN BY A JURY YOU THOUGHT SOMETHING SEEMED OBVIOUS AND STRAIGHTFORWARD. THE CRIME HERE IS STRAIGHTFORWARD AND SIMPLE. >> LET ME GET YOUR TAKE ON LAST NIGHT. A LOT OF THE CONVERSATION AMONG THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS. THEY BELIEVE THEY HAVE LAID OUT A CASE FOR THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AGAINST DONALD TRUMP. YOU ARE A TAD MORE SKEPTICAL THERE. I WANT TO GET YOUR PERSPECTIVE. THEY DID MAKE CLEAR YOU HAVE TO PROVE DONALD TRUMP KNEW CERTAIN THINGS. WITHIN 10 OR 15 MINUTES OF GETTING BACK, HE KNEW AND HE COULD SEE ON TELEVISION AND PEOPLE CAME TO HIM THERE WAS VIOLENCE AT THE CAPITOL. WE KNEW FROM WATCHING HIS TWEETS CARRIED POWER AND THAT PEOPLE IN THE CROWD WERE READING AND LOOKING AT TWEETS AS HE WENT. AND WE GOT THIS FROM THE TOP MILITARY OFFICIAL. THE VICE PRESIDENT CALLED. PEOPLE ON CAPITOL HILL CALLED. NOT DONALD TRUMP. >> THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, YOU HAVE AN ASSAULT GOING ON ON THE CAPITOL OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. NOTHING? NO CALL, NOTHING, ZERO? >> IT IS A GLIMPSE AT THE CHARACTER OF DONALD TRUMP. YOU CAN ONLY SHAKE YOUR HEAD AT IT. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WATCHING HAPPILY AS AN ATTACK ON HIS GOVERNMENT UNFOLDED. YOU DON’T SEE ANY NEW WOW PIECES OF CRIMINAL EVIDENCE. >> THAT IS NOT TO SAY THEY WERE NOT THERE BEFORE. YOU HAVE A CLEAR PATH TO OBSTRUCTING CONGRESS AND CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE UNITED STATES. IT IS A TOUGHER PATH TO THINGS LIKE INCITING THE CROWD BASED ON THE INFORMATION THAT YOU HAVE. YOU HAVE A LOT OF EVIDENCE THAT THE PROUD BOYS WERE CONSPIREING WITH EACH OTHER AND OATHKEEPERS TO ENGAGE IN ACTS OF VIOLENCE. YOU HAVE A TOUGHER PATH TO THE PRESIDENT. HIM WATCHING AT 1 P:39 P.M. HIS KNOWLEDGE HE COULD GET TO HIM IF HE WANTED. THAT IS WHAT YOU NEEDED TO ESTABLISH TO GET TO AN INCITEMENT CHARGE. I AM SAYING THE EVIDENCE THAT CAME OUT YESTERDAY DID NOT ADD ANYTHING NEW, NOT TO SAY THERE WAS NOT PLENTY OF EVIDENCE IN THE RECORD IN THE SIX HEARINGS PRIOR TO LAST NIGHT.
Video source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkOSOqNs0fE

Related Articles

Back to top button