The Stupid Coup, part infinity
Steve Bannon, who was one of the first people to defy a subpoena from the Jan 6 Committee, and who was the very first person to be indicted on contempt charges has agreed to testify to the Jan 6 Committee, you know, after he realized he was going to Club Fed.
Last week, his attorney sent a letter to the committee explaining that “While Mr. Bannon has been steadfast in his convictions, circumstances have now changed. Mr. Bannon is willing to, and indeed prefers, to testify at your public hearing.”
Those changed circumstances? Well, it seems Politico has that scoop:
DOJ prosecutors revealed the June 29 FBI interview in a court filing connected to the criminal contempt case of Steve Bannon, who is set to go on trial July 18 for defying a subpoena from the Jan. 6 select committee. After stonewalling the committee for eight months, Bannon reversed course on Saturday, suggesting Trump had “waived” claims of executive privilege and permitted him to testify. Trump signed a letter supporting Bannon’s reversal and claimed to “waive” executive privilege over Bannon’s testimony.
First of all, only the current president has executive privilege and the current president is Handsome Joe Biden, and he long, long ago waived it. Secondly, well, Politico again:
…Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Vaughn said that [Lord Damp Nut’s attorney Justin Clark] had confirmed in his June 29 interview what DOJ long suspected: that Trump had never invoked executive privilege to block Bannon from testifying.
In case you missed the significance: Hair Füror’s attorney Justin Clark testified.
A podcaster who did not work at the White House at the time of the insurrection and was thus not covered by executive privilege even at the important date of January 6, Bannon doesn’t have any legal cover (not that he ever did). Two thoughts here: 1) Bannon is a chaos agent and wants to grandstand his nonsense or b) Bannon has worked out a deal to avoid going to the motel with bars on the window. His trial begins a week from today.