Towards the end of an almost twenty-minute long interview with CNN's Brianna Keilar, Steve Bannon's new attorney seemed unprepared or unwilling to talk about accusations that his client knew there would be an attempted insurrection at the Capitol building on Jan 6th.dd
After spending ten minutes battling back and forth with the "New Day" host over executive privilege, David Schoen was asked about his legal strategy before the CNN host ran a clip of Bannon on Jan 5th claiming "All hell" was going to break loose the next day.
"Are you going to request a trial by jury or -- are you going to request a trial by jury or a judge?" Keilar asked.
"I don't know. I don't know that yet," Schoen replied with a pained smile.
"And you have a right to be tried within 70 days of indictment, do you intend to exercise that right?" she pressed.
"I don't know any of those things yet," he admitted. "I just got into the case and all of your questions are good questions. I didn't mean to single out one."
"Will your client be fund-raising off his indictment?" the CNN host persisted.
"I don't know anything about that," he replied.
"Will you advise him not to?" Keilar pressed.
"I don't really -- I don't advise about things like that, quite frankly. I'm here just to defend the case," he explained.
After showing the now-famous clip of Bannon boasting, "All hell is going to break loose tomorrow. Just understand this: all hell is going to break loose tomorrow. It is not going to happen like you think it is going to happen, okay? It is going to be quite extraordinarily different and all I can say is 'strap in, the war-room, the posse, you have made this happen and tomorrow it is game day. so strap in,'" the CNN host asked, "What did he mean? "
"First of all, you'd have to ask him and not me" the attorney parried. "Having met him now, I know he certainly didn't mean anything about violence. The country is upset, parts of the country, maybe half of the country is upset about how the election went, a significant part of the country has concerns about election integrity. So that's -- I think he's talking to his viewers and listeners who feel that way about it. But he's not talking about violence."
"You're saying he had no foreknowledge of the events that played out on January 6th," Keilar asked.
"First of all, I'm not -- I'm not in a position to speak on his behalf about any foreknowledge, knowledge or otherwise," he demurred.
"You're his lawyer," Keilar said with a smile.
"I just met him. I met him yesterday for the first time. I'm his lawyer defending against a criminal contempt charge," said Schoen after a brief pause. "What I will say, having met him, I will not believe for a second that Mr. Bannon in any way intended for there to be, condoned, accepted, ratified or otherwise any violence on January 6th or any other day. I just don't believe it."
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