The action unfolding next week against the former president’s ideological soul mate is meant as a warning sign to those in Trump’s wider orbit. And the chairman of the January 6 committee, Democratic Rep. Benny Thompson, warned on Granthshala that no one is “out of bounds” in being forced to testify — including Trump himself.
The panel is determined to use every means possible to find out the truth about the leadership of the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6. But the committee’s efforts may also end up emphasizing a dark truth revealed from the time Trump was in power — and also highlighting a growing threat to the future — as Trump heads ahead of a potential 2024 White House bid. American democratic institutions were constantly attacked.
Efforts to hold the former president’s inner circle accountable often fall short and the politicization of important institutions of government has unintended effects. This committee’s effort will be met with the same stuttering and inaction as previous investigations into the former commander-in-chief meant to subject him to the checks and balances of the American constitutional system.
In a broader sense, the ensuing legal dichotomy will also underscore how Trump’s relentless constitutional promise of oversight in and out of power has been truncated. Bannon never hid his desire to break the rules set by the Washington establishment, so he might relish the challenge and the opportunity to launch Celebre for a political cause.
If so, he will prove yet again that once-powerful individuals who resolve to defy the usual railings of political behavior – and in Trump’s case, the rule of law – often find that they are punished to an extent. You can work with liberation. For example, for Trump, even the historic scar of two impeachments turned out to be no deterrent to abusive behavior and abuse of power—a reality that questions questions about the Constitution’s resilience against autocratic presidents. picks up.
At the very least, this latest tussle between Trump and the norms that have long governed American political life underscores how the former president, for whatever reason, cannot explain what really happened on January 6. How desperate to hide and when he’s trying to obscure. The truth about what happened in the last election, his conduct is foreshadowing how he might act in a second term, if he wins the 2024 election.
The Democratic-led panel wants to find out what Bannon and others around Trump were saying to him before inciting a crowd to invade the Capitol based on the lies of his election fraud. There is no suggestion at this point that Bannon committed the crime. But his claim earlier this year that his alleged contacts with Trump are covered by executive privilege – which allows a president to receive confidential advice from subordinates – have been seen by many legal scholars as fake since Bannon. In 2017, he was fired as a White House adviser. At that time, there was no government job under Trump. The strategy, therefore, comes across as an attempt to obstruct a legally constituted congressional investigation into one of the worst attacks on democracy in American history.
Trump cut accountability
As an example of how Trump will attempt to politicize the latest twist in the January 6 story, the former president made a statement Thursday that the “Un-Select Committee” was charged with “criminal contempt for election fraud.” “I should hold myself”” and accused prosecutors of trying to destroy half the country. “The people are not going to stand up for this,” he said. Using new efforts to get noticed as an opportunity to provoke more.
Throughout Trump’s tenure, the White House resisted Congress’s surveillance role and requests for documents and testimony at almost every turn. In the past, some administrations and political leaders have often sought to access housing with investigations such as the January 6 Committee – a reason why criminal referrals have been comparatively rare in recent times. But that’s hardly Trump’s style. He showed as a businessman and celebrity even before entering politics that he would push convention and the rule of law to a breaking point.
“What we’ve seen over the past few years is a complete nosedive at the summoning power of Congress,” said Professor Kim Wehle of the University of Baltimore School of Law on Granthshala’s “Newsroom” Thursday.
As well as being an echo of the past administration’s excesses, the fact that Bannon is going with a weak executive privilege argument made by Trump’s lawyers is a warning about even more autocratic behavior for the future. If the former president is able to get behind the Oval Office desk again.
This is the reason why the committee of January 6 does not have much time to act. A protracted and possibly inconclusive legal battle with Bannon could likely lead up to a midterm election, when a potential new GOP House majority in January 2023 could close the investigation even before it has a chance to ink an official record. . History on the January 6 outrage. As such, Bannon’s strategy looks like an attempt to turn the clock.
Case against Bannon may take ‘years’
The House Select Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday evening to begin the process of referral, which will require a full House vote. It then goes to the US Attorney for the District of Columbia to consider next steps. Given the deeply political nature of the case, it would certainly be up to US Attorney General Merrick Garland to decide whether to pursue a criminal case against Bannon.
Stanley Brand, a former House of Representatives general, told Granthshala’s “Newsroom” Thursday that the process ahead was fraught with hurdles and was not guaranteed to produce the results the committee expected.
“Its history is not that easy for Congress,” said Brand, who was the House’s general counsel in 1983, the last time it sent a criminal contempt case to the Justice Department.
“And while they can huff and puff, in a sense, until they get a conviction and final decision, it could be years,” Brand said.
Thompson, the Mississippi Democrat who chairs the January 6 select committee, clarified that his panel, which includes two Republicans, was trying to make an example of Bannon in taking the comparatively rare step of making criminal referrals to the Justice Department. are doing.
“We think Steve Bannon has information that happened on January 6th,” Thompson told Granthshala’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.”
“If he refuses the summons as we expect he will continue to do so, we have no choice but to ask the Justice Department to close him and hold him in contempt. Clearly, this may send enough messages that he will agree to talk to us.”
Asked if the committee could summon Trump, Thompson replied: “No one is out of bounds.”
Bannon’s resistance does not make the committee toothless. Several other Trump retainers, including former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former Pentagon official Kash Patel, are “engaged” with the committee — and the panel agreed to a short postponement of their appearances — though it’s unclear whether Contact us for any kind of cooperation.
The prospect of a criminal referral to him could be more trouble – even though Trump’s lawyers have already claimed that his discussions with him are covered by executive privilege. And the committee has already heard from former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, who served as then-president in the final days of the Trump administration, seeking to thwart Joe Biden’s presidential election victory on multiple fronts.
But as the committee moves forward, time will tick up to the mid-term elections in November 2022, which could lead to the investigation’s eventual demise. Several lengthy legal proceedings, such as those involving Bannon, could still hinder his ability to get all the facts.
According to law professor Wehle, this “would be a tragedy for democracy itself and the American people.”
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