Prosecutors wrapped up their case against Stephen K. Bannon after calling two witnesses on Wednesday, including a Jan. 6 committee staffer who told jurors that the panel warned Bannon of possible criminal charges after his attorney first indicated that he would not comply with a congressional subpoena.
The judge warned the defense on Wednesday that he would intervene during the questioning of witnesses to keep them from turning the trial into a “political circus.”
Federal prosecutors raised concerns that Bannon’s defense seems built around the claim that the subpoena issued by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol was “illegitimate” because it was motivated by politics.
In addition to testimony from Amerling, jurors heard from an FBI agent who investigated the case. The jury also learned details about Bannon’s offer just days before his trial to cooperate with the committee.
Bannon, a former political strategist for Donald Trump, was indicted on two misdemeanor contempt charges and accused of refusing to comply with an order from the House committee to turn over records and testify about his actions ahead of the attack.
Bannon’s attorneys have argued that their client did not “ignore” the committee’s formal request but was in negotiations with the panel.
Bannon’s trial, which continues Thursday, is underway as the committee continues to hold high-stakes televised hearings that are examining the events that led to the insurrection.
Read our coverage from Day 3 of trial here.