The table has turned, and this time Steve Bannon’s legal team has issued subpoenas to top Democrats and members of the controversial Jan. 6 House Committee in the development of Bannon’s ongoing contempt of Congress case.
In October 2021, the Democrat-led House voted to certify a contempt of Congress charges against Bannon, who had refused a subpoena from the Jan. 6 panel, asserting a right to executive privilege as a former White House staff member.
Despite legal questions over the validity of the panel’s subpoenas, the Department of Justice decided to pursue a criminal case against Bannon.
Now, Bannon’s lawyers have issued 16 subpoenas to top members of the committee, as well as other Democrats. Bannon’s defense hopes the decision will compel the handover of documents and testimony that may help build his defense.
Bannon’s legal team reportedly subpoenaed 15 lawmakers and congressional staffers to testify at his trial next month.
The subpoenas reportedly target all nine members of the committee, three committee staffers, and House general counsel Douglas Letter. Additionally, Bannon reportedly subpoenaed Pelosi and other House Democratic leaders such as Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC).
Ex-Trump adviser Steve Bannon subpoenas House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and members of the House January 6 committee members to fight contempt charges https://t.co/FedS9FusY4
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) June 7, 2022
Steve Bannon, set to go to trial next month for defying a congressional subpoena, has subpoenaed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and members of the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection as he builds his defense.
Bannon, a conservative firebrand who previously served as former President Donald Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor, was charged with two counts of contempt of Congress in November 2021 after refusing to testify and produce documents. He has pleaded not guilty.
Last week, Bannon’s legal team subpoenaed 16 lawmakers and congressional staffers to testify at the July trial and produce documents, according to one of Bannon’s attorneys and copies of the subpoenas provided to CNN. The subpoenas were aimed at all nine members of the select committee, three committee staffers and General Counsel for the House of Representatives Douglas Letter. Bannon also subpoenaed House Democratic leadership, including Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Rep. Jim Clyburn.
Steve Bannon has subpoenaed Nancy Pelosi and other select (sham) committee members as he builds his defense for trial next month. pic.twitter.com/kLTv1heJ1P
— Suzy (@Suzy_NotSuzy) June 7, 2022
Steve Bannon, who was indicted for contempt of Congress and is set for a trial next month, has subpoenaed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers, including members of the Jan. 6 committee, according to documents reviewed by Axios.https://t.co/HlZCn1os1P
— Axios (@axios) June 7, 2022
Axios added some details:
The push comes ahead of a July trial for Bannon, who was indicted for contempt of Congress after refusing to testify about his own conversations with the former president ahead of the attack on the Capitol.
Experts said efforts to compel members of Congress to testify are unlikely to succeed.
The legal move, first reported by CNN, also shows Bannon’s and other Trump associates’ interest in counterprogramming the committee’s investigation ahead of the June 9 start to public hearings.
Pelosi and other top Democrats subpoenaed over Bannon contempt case https://t.co/G4Qi04f2Gb
— The Guardian (@guardian) June 7, 2022
Two can play their game!
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