In case you were wondering what stage the fall of our republic is currently in, we’ve passed from Erick Holder, Presidential Wingman to Merrick Garland, Presidential Enforcer.
Steve Bannon has been found guilty of Contempt of Congress and the sentence will be handed down on Friday.
Let’s unpack that before we get to what each side wants as an outcome.
Steve Bannon was subpoenaed to go before the Kangaroo Court / Star Chamber hybrid known as the J6 Select Committee. (Or, as Trump calls it, the UnSelect committee, since it fails to conform to House Rules in its composition.
The committee consisted entirely of people who had already signaled their belief in Trump’s guilt before it formed. They took ZERO interest in excapultroy evidence or even evidence that might detract from the narrow focus of the NeverTrump drumbeat.
They have been especially heavy-handed in piercing the rights of witnesses and accused that even a normal court of law cannot ordinarily bypass — including that of various types of privileged material.
On more than one occassion, they have been found to have manipulated evidence to make it appear to say what it does not. They removed the ‘peacefully and patriotically’ portion of Trump’s speech, and they altered the text messages they had acquired between a Congressman and a Trump aide.
Steve Bannon was subpoenaed by Congress. He made it clear that some of the information they would want from him could potentially be covered by Executive Privilege and he would be happy to testify if Executive Privilege was waived. But on the advice of his lawyer, legal privilege is not something he personally has any authority to pierce.
The J6 Committee didn’t care. If their power would not be obeyed, there must be consequences. So the political committee referred Bannon over for contempt of Congress charges.
Charges went ahead. The hearing was in Washington, so the jury pool was something like 90% Democrat. No surprises with THAT guilty verdict.
Now we move to the sentencing phase.
Legbreaker Garland’s DOJ is showing itself to be every bit as hostile to Bannon as he has been to the various Pro-Life activists who wake up to a house surrounded by more than a dozen armed FBI with their guns drawn. We’re still waiting for arrests on the guys firebombing crisis pregnancy centers or spraypainting churches…
But these clods aren’t motivated by partisan politics… not at all.
The same party that refuses to prosecute domestic terrorists who have burned whole cites in the name of either Antifa or BLM protests, who refuse to deport illegal aliens even after criminal offences, who refuse to enforce various laws on the books, and who are actively lobbying for entire categories of prison populations to walk free … demand the maximum possible sentence on the books for their political enemy.
Steve Bannon, a longtime adviser to former President Donald Trump, should go to prison for six months and pay a $200,000 fine after a jury found him guilty of contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena, according to a government sentencing memorandum.
Bannon’s refusal to cooperate with the House Jan. 6 committee “has exacerbated the assault on the Capitol,” the government said in a harshly worded document filed in federal court in Washington on Monday.
The Justice Department said it was recommending the most severe sentence allowed under guidelines for the two counts of contempt.
Bannon, a prominent right-wing media personality who is credited with helping Trump win the presidency in 2016, was found guilty in July for refusing to testify and hand over documents to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
“To this day, he continues to unlawfully withhold documents and testimony that stand to help the Committee’s authorized investigation to get to the bottom of what led to January 6 and ascertain what steps must be taken to ensure that it never happens again,” the government said in the filing. “That cannot be tolerated.” — The Detroit News
Bannon, for his part, has responded.
Instead of incarceration, he has argued for home confinement.
Bannon’s attorneys question in the filing whether a person should “be jailed for relying on the advice of his lawyers” or in situations where the prosecutor declined to prosecute similar cases.
“Because we believe that the answer to each of these questions is no, we respectfully ask this Court to impose a sentence of probation, and to stay the imposition of sentence pending appeal,” his attorneys wrote. — JustTheNews
He’s taking a stand and not backing down.
We need more people willing to do that.
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