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Federal prosecutors who arrested former Trump adviser and Breitbart head Steve Bannon received a massive slap from the judge in the case on Wednesday, reprimanded because they failed to receive approval from their superiors. above the DOJ before spying on Bannon’s attorney, a shocking move. Like YahooNews report:
Federal prosecutors hunting Steve Bannon for contempt of Congress revealed Wednesday that they did not seek approval from higher-ranking Justice Department officials before they made the unusual move. to spy on his lawyer – in addition to wrongly targeting several other Americans who engaged in similar behaviour. names. ”
And what exactly did they do while spying on Bannon’s attorney, Robert Costello? They are creating logs of his phone calls, texts and emails. They effectively tracked all of his communications without even receiving the DOJ’s tip.
What they want from the communications is unclear, although YahooNews points out they may have tried to prove that Bannon wasn’t relying on Costello’s advice when he, in October, ignored requests from them. Congress and declined to testify before the Commission on January 6.
Well, judge Carl Nichols skewered them for not getting DOJ approval because they spied on Bannon’s attorney, saying:
“What’s unique here is that the government doesn’t just take ordinary records. Why is that an appropriate first move?”
Bannon, speaking outside the courtroom about the government spying on his lawyers’ communications, said:
“The conduct of the FBI and, quite frankly, the DOJ was outrageous for my attorney and attorney-client privilege.
“Everything underpins this, everything is in the hands of the judges. Everything must appear. The media should have — the people of the United States must have — access to all of this information. It’s yours and it’s worth fighting for. ”
Indeed. Both press freedom and attorney-client privilege are cornerstones of the American justice system, and the willingness of prosecutors to throw those principles out the window is deeply troubling.
The attorney involved, Robert Costello, also spoke out, mocking the DOJ for targeting the wrong person in an attempt to track him by saying “I am the real Robert Costello they are looking for. To put it bluntly, it shows a terrible abuse of grand jury process. ”
As a result of Wednesday’s disclosure, Judge Nicols ruled that government prosecutors must turn over both the phone records request and the phone records they actually collected to him. (Judge Nicols) review, perhaps so he could check for attorney-client violations. privilege or other misconduct.
According to YahooNews, Judge Nicols also apparently told Bannon’s team that he understood they might want to refer prosecutors to a watchdog or to reprimand them, but for now he He will not act.
Bannon and his team were furious, so it looked like they would accept Nicols’ offer and seek some form of punishment or reprimand against the prosecutors who spied on them.
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