The J6 Committee bit off more than it could chew when they decided to play hardball with Steve Bannon. The badminton players have taken on the football player and it ain’t pretty. Bannon refuses to kneel before the committee and is taking the fight right to them. And believe me, they are scared. The same corrupt actors that are fine with the political prisoners rotting in a DC jail and getting beaten by the guards there were anxious for Bannon’s trial to begin.
His trial won’t begin until July, which gives him plenty of time to make disclosure demands. Don’t be surprised if they drop his charges before then.
Bannon is demanding evidence from the US Attorney’s Office, the DOJ, the White House, and the US House of Representatives. They did not count on this. They will try to hide the evidence, but they are unlikely to succeed.
DOJ wants protective orders on numerous categories of evidence including J6 committee comms, witness statements, law enforcement information.
Bannon team: Under protective order, Bannon limited how they can use evidence in the case. Points out this is govt employee material
— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) December 7, 2021
The DOJ is scared that Bannon will release information to the press, but even the left-wing press has aligned themselves with Bannon’s demands. That will make it more difficult to hide.
The reaction by the corrupt Jan 6 gang in the House is noticeable, even to leftist mainstream publications like Bloomberg. In a report yesterday, Bloomberg wrote:
On Tuesday, a federal judge set Steve Bannon’s trial date for next July in his contempt of Congress case for refusing to testify before the Jan. 6 committee. That’s sooner than the October date his lawyers asked for, but it’s still a big blow to the government and the committee, which wanted to move quickly to make an example of Bannon and pressure other witnesses to testify.
Those pressure tactics are failing, at least with the marquee witnesses. Yesterday, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows broke off cooperation with the panel, even knowing he’s likely to get hit with a criminal contempt charge himself. Another witness, former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, says he’ll invoke his Fifth Amendment rights.
Outwardly, Bannon’s team was granted a delayed trial date because of the legal issues they raised about whether he was justified in refusing to testify based on his claim—dubious, legal experts believe, but unsettled—that he’s subject to executive privilege as a former Trump White House staffer.
But Bannon’s true purpose all along has been sabotaging the Jan. 6 investigation—or, as he put it with typical hyperbole, turning his contempt charge into “ the misdemeanor from hell” for Attorney General Merrick Garland, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and President Joe Biden.
Yesterday’s developments show he’s plainly succeeding. As former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe put it, the effort to force Bannon to testify is probably a “lost cause for the committee.”