Much is being made in the press of Steve Bannon’s supposed upcoming “cooperation” with the J6 Committee, including a patently BS story, likely implanted into The Washington Post, about drumpf graciously “waiving” his non-existent executive privilege to allow Bannon to testify…
“Former President Donald Trump is considering sending a letter to Stephen K. Bannon, his former chief strategist and an outspoken advocate of false claims that the 2020 election was stolen, saying that he is waiving executive privilege, potentially clearing the way for his former chief strategist to testify before the House select committee investigating the pro-Trump riot at the Capitol.
The letter would reiterate that Trump invoked executive privilege in September 2021, when Bannon was first subpoenaed by the House committee. But it would say that the former president is now willing to give up that claim if Bannon can reach an agreement on the terms of an appearance before the panel, according to three people familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the matter’s sensitivity.”
While some were all agog about this development…
New WashPo story suggests Steve Bannon may testify to avoid the risk of prison — which would be another breakthrough in the Jan. 6 Committee's probe.https://t.co/8HbKVoQs2O
— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) July 8, 2022
… many were skeptical of the disreputable duo’s motives, including former federal prosecutor John Flannery, who went on Ari Melber’s “The Beat” yesterday to explain to him why this development might not really merit much enthusiasm:
“”I want to remind people, it doesn’t matter whether the committee still technically exists later … he could very likely end up in prison, which I think his lawyers warned him,” said anchor Ari Melber. “How do you interpret what seems to me to be a pretty major Washington Post story tonight, Friday night, John, that basically suggests that as soon as tomorrow, Bannon might fold and try to cooperate?”
“Cooperate is where I stop, because I have to see it,” said Flannery. “Consider the fact that executive privilege is granted by Biden, the present president, and so it is irrelevant that Trump does this, so why does Trump do it? Trump does it because that is what Bannon has said already and he wants it to happen and why does he want it to happen since they both know what they did together?”
“So, my feeling as a prosecutor would be this is a Trojan horse, coming into spread nonsense and to try to come in from inside, blow up the investigation,” said Flannery.“”
Some observers, who just might have clearer eyes than that WaPo parrot or Melber, agree with Mr. Flannery that drumpf and Bannon, whose fathers maybe should have used a Trojan, are trying to Horse the Committee…
This is silly & probably an effort to establish a legitimate executive privilege claim for Bannon at the time he refused to testify. But he'd been out of gov't for years & in any event, the privilege doesn't serve as a shield for criminal conduct. https://t.co/2ksXluhXvz
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) July 8, 2022
Ms. White’s contention is that drumpf is “waiving” exec privilege to help Bannon in his upcoming criminal trial for refusing a J6 subpoena. If he and drumpf can pull this ruse off, Bannon could claim that he had a legitimate reason to dodge the subpoena.
But some, and I can’t imagine why, doubt drump’s magnanimity…
Trump doesn’t do anything for anyone but trump. I don’t think he’s waiving privilege for a Bannon defense. He’s doing it to give HIMSELF a defense. I think he’s under investigation for obstruction of Justice. That’s why he’s waiving fake privilege and that’s why Navarro got this: pic.twitter.com/BP5dT03WRH
— Mueller, She Wrote (@MuellerSheWrote) July 9, 2022
I tend to side with Joyce, because if the Dumpy Don can execute this con and help Bannon at trial, he ultimately helps himself, as Bannon undoubtedly knows where the bodies are buried… hell, Stevie Twoshirts probably did some shovel work himself…
In any case I agree with the politically astute Charles P. Pierce…
I think allowing Rhodes and Bannon to testify at public hearings would be a huge mistake. They're just itching to turn everything into a circus on TV and Ollie North the whole enterprise.
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) July 8, 2022
…that the J6 committee’s answer to both Rhodes and Bannon should be: