(CNN)Steve Bannon will not cooperate with the House select committee investigating January 6, his lawyer said in an email obtained by CNN that cites former President Donald Trump’s claim of executive privilege.
You know, the Executive Privilege claim that the actual president, President Handsome Joe Biden, has denied.
Bannon’s attorney told the committee that “the executive privileges belong to President Trump” and “we must accept his direction and honor his invocation of executive privilege.”
There are some eency-weency, teeny-tiny facts that make Bannon’s claim —to use the technical term— stupid: 1) former presidents don’t get to invoke executive privilege to obstruct Justice; and B) Bannon left Hair Füror’s administration in 2017, so there would be no privilege to invoke for Jan. 6 2021. On the date in question, Bannon was a private citizen and self-employed podcast host and “on the air.”
No, really, I looked it up!
Also: Calendars? How do they work?
If Bannon skips his depositions next week, the January 6 Committee could vote on a contempt resolution and send it to the House for a vote. If passed, it would be up to the Justice Department to act on the referral, which… maybe? So far Mr. Garland has not impressed me with his ability to shake a leg.
Or, the House could have the sergeant-at-arms detain Bannon until he agrees to cooperate, but they have not given that jail cell thingie a cleaning since it was last used in 1934.
Anyway, it is not difficult to see what Hair Füror is up to here: delay, Delay, DELAY and hope that the Republicans take the house in 2022 and smother the January 6 Select Committee in its sleep. And in the case of Liz Cheney, that might be literal.