Republicans rallying around Steve Bannon are whining that the Democrats will face a GOP kangaroo court if they retake the House in 2022, accusing Democrats of “weaponizing” the DOJ.
Bannon is expected to turn himself in to law enforcement ahead of a court appearance later Monday afternoon.
Former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows may also be referred by the January 6 committee for indictment.
Democrats argue that the doctrine of executive privilege — intended to shield confidential communication between a president and his advisers — was never meant to apply to the kind of information the committee is now seeking. The panel is exploring conversations between Bannon and Trump that occurred when Bannon held no government position. And committee members saythey are interested in interactions related to an insurrectionary attack on the U.S. Capitol, not in talks involving legitimate government business.
Bannon was indicted on one count for refusing to appear for a deposition last month and one count for refusing to provide documents in response to the committee’s subpoena. Each count carries a minimum of 30 days of jail and as long as a year behind bars, as well as a fine of $100 to $1,000.