Trump attorney tells he never invoked executive privilege over Bannon's Jan. 6 testimony
Federal investigators interviewed former Trump adviser Steve Bannon's attorney Justin Clark two weeks ago, according to a court filing on Monday.
During the interview, Clark confirmed that Trump never invoked executive privilege over Bannon's testimony,
Last year, Bannon was charged with two counts of criminal contempt of Congress after defying a subpoena,
...but he argued that Trump's privilege claim protected him.A trial is scheduled for next week after he pleaded not guilty.
After Trump's OK, Bannon plans to testify before the Jan. 6 committee -- with a contempt trial looming
Defendant's sudden desire to testify, prosecutors contend, is not a genuine effort to meet his obligations, but a desperate effort to avoid accountability.
As prosecutors noted in their filing, the only real change since the defendant refused to comply
...with the subpoena in October 2021 is that he is about to face the consequences of his decision.
According to the filing, Clark told investigators that he "never requested or was asked to attend the Defendant's deposition before the Select Committee;
...that the Defendant's attorney misrepresented to the Committee what the former President's counsel had informed the Defendant's attorney;
that the former President's counsel made clear to the Defendant's attorney that the letter provided no basis for total non-compliance.".