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Politics Steve Bannon's defense sent another letter to the January 6 Committee saying he and others will not cooperate

05:42  14 october  2021
05:42  14 october  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com

Steve Bannon tells House committee he won't comply with a subpoena for January 6 investigation

  Steve Bannon tells House committee he won't comply with a subpoena for January 6 investigation Trump, citing executive privilege, instructed Steve Bannon not to comply with the subpoena issued by House investigators.Bannon's attorney, Robert Costello, wrote in a letter to House investigators that Bannon does not have to fulfill their request for information because of Trump's right to keep information confidential through executive privilege.

6 committee — a committee that former President Donald Trump and many of his high-profile supporters believe is nothing more than the latest Democrat-led witch hunt. Bannon is justifying his refusal to comply with the subpoena on the grounds that former President Donald Trump has An article by Cornell Law School explains that executive privilege refers to “ the power of the President and other officials in the executive branch to withhold certain forms of confidential communication from the courts and the legislative branch.” The piece goes on to say that while the Constitution makes no

The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack has said it may refer former Trump WH strategist Steve Bannon for criminal prosecution for his choice to ignore a subpoena from the committee . Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., joins Morning Joe to discuss.

Steve Bannon at Trump Tower in New York. AP Photo/ Evan Vucci © AP Photo/ Evan Vucci Steve Bannon at Trump Tower in New York. AP Photo/ Evan Vucci
  • Steve Bannon is doubling down on rejecting January 6 Committee subpoenas.
  • Attorney Robert J. Costello sent another letter on Wednesday saying that his client will not comply.
  • Trump's legal team instructed the president's former aides not to comply with the subpoenas.

Steve Bannon's defense team sent another letter to the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the US Capitol, maintaining that he and other Trump allies will not produce documents for subpoenas due to the former president's alleged executive privileges, according to ABC News.

Steve Bannon Refuses to Testify to Jan. 6 Committee, Cites 'Executive Privilege'

  Steve Bannon Refuses to Testify to Jan. 6 Committee, Cites 'Executive Privilege' The House panel previously said Bannon would "try to hide behind vague references to privileges" to avoid producing documents for investigation.The defense team for Bannon, one of a number of the former president's allies who have been subpoenaed by the panel in connection with the insurrection, has denied that Bannon's position is "in defiance" of the subpoena but rather following Trump's directions not to respond.

The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack has said it may refer former Trump WH strategist Steve Bannon for criminal prosecution for his choice to ignore a subpoena from the committee . Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., joins Morning Joe to discuss.

Depositions are scheduled for Kash Patel and Steve Bannon on Oct. 14, and for Mark Meadows and Dan Scavino on Oct. 15. If they don’t show up for their depositions, members of the committee have indicated it will be criminal referral time. “ People will have the opportunity to cooperate , they will have the opportunity to come in and work with us as they should,” said Rep. Bannon , Trump’ s former campaign manager and a White House adviser early on, has said he will not comply. Scavino, a longtime Trump aide, was only even served with his subpoena after the original deadline has passed.

"Mr. Bannon's position is not in defiance of your Committee's subpoena; rather, Mr. Bannon noted that President Trump's counsel stated that they were invoking executive and other privileges and therefore directed us not to produce documents or give testimony that might reveal information President Trump's counsel seeks to legally protect," Bannon's attorney, Robert J. Costello, wrote.

It is the second letter from Bannon's team addressed to January 6 Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson saying that the former Trump adviser will not comply.


Video: January 6 committee member: We intend to enforce our subpoenas (MSNBC)

In early October, Trump's legal team instructed the president's former aides, including Bannon, not to comply with the congressional subpoenas issued in September.

Democrats Are Ready to Send Steve Bannon to Jail

  Democrats Are Ready to Send Steve Bannon to Jail If Democrats want answers, they’ll need to enforce their subpoenas in the face of Trump allies’ defiance. They say that’s just what they plan to do.What has Carville itching to put former President Donald Trump’s ex-adviser behind bars? Defiance. The special congressional committee charged with investigating the January 6 insurrection gave former Trump White House officials Steve Bannon, Mark Meadows, Kash Patel, and Dan Scavino until the end of this week to comply with its subpoenas for testimony and records. Bannon has so far refused to cooperate.

As a result, Bannon has said that he won't cooperate with the committee ' s subpoenas. He had until midnight last Thursday to hand over documents relating to January 6 to the committee . The committee will not allow any witness to defy a lawful subpoena or attempt to run out the clock, and we will swiftly consider advancing a criminal contempt of Congress referral." Biden has said that his administration will evaluate Trump' s invocation of executive privilege on an "ongoing" case-by-case basis.

Steve Bannon will defer to bourbon. The only possible defense of Bannon ’ s stated position is that he comfortably lies if it garners him attention. Can you throw in a couple of cases of scotch and he deserves the best the American people will pay.

At the time, the committee also requested documents from former Trump administration officials Mark Meadows, Dan Scavino, and Kash Patel. The subpoenas asked Bannon and Patel to sit for depositions on October 14 and for Meadows and Scavino to sit the next day, and all have rejected those prospects.

At odds is whether Trump as a former president can invoke executive privilege to defy the subpoenas in this context. President Joe Biden, the current executive, has waived executive privilege and asked for the documents to be sent to the committee.

On Wednesday, according to NBC News, the White House's counsel asked the National Archives to quickly turn over Trump-related documents to the January 6 committee.

"The President further instructs you to provide those pages 30 days after your notification to the former President, absent any intervening court order," the message said, according to NBC News.

Rep. Liz Cheney said on Tuesday that the committee is prepared to bring criminal contempt charges to anyone who ducks the subpoenas.

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House votes to hold former Trump adviser Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress .
Speaker Nancy Pelosi will now recommend the contempt charge to the Justice Department, who has final say on whether to prosecute Steve Bannon.Bannon, who served as White House chief strategist for the first few months of the Donald Trump's presidency, ignored subpoenas from the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob. The Select Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to hold Bannon in congressional contempt.

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