Rep. Schiff: Bannon’s indictment will ‘without a doubt’ lead others to comply with Jan. 6 panel
[ Editor’s Note: Despite the obvious aspects of the news, the fact that it followed the DC Court’s quick but thorough opinion on Biden making the privilege call because he is the current President, and Trump is not the King, created a needed boost in positive momentum.
We also had the quick Appeals Court stay, which was expected, but asking for written arguments from both sides, ASAP, as it has scheduled its hearing for November 30th.
But Bannon going to trial will not be a lickety split process, and if he loses, he will of course appeal all the way to the Supreme Court.
So we are looking at months for a final ruling, but with the possibility that the courts moved some of the earlier Trump litigation along quickly, with the Supreme Court quickly refusing to take two of Trump’s Appeals, which killed them.
These were the Trump appointee court decisions, where I am sure he had felt they would rule his way, but they did not, twice.
The Court tends to be extremely carefully in not soiling its reputation. Keep your fingers crossed that the judiciary realizes the importance of justice delayed is justice denied, and I don’t think they want any of that splatter all over their robes in such an historic case, or cases as it may be… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … November 14, 2021
Rep. Adam Schiff on Sunday said the Justice Department’s move to charge Steve Bannon with contempt of Congress will “without a doubt” sway others to cooperate with the Jan. 6 select committee’s subpoenas.
“And indeed even before the Justice Department acted, it influenced other witnesses who were not going to be Steve Bannon,” Schiff (D-Calif.) said on NBC‘s “Meet the Press.“
“Now that witnesses see that if they don’t cooperate, if they don’t fulfill their lawful duty when subpoenaed, that they too may be prosecuted, it will have a very strong focusing effect on their decision-making.
So it’s very positive. I view this as an early test of whether democracy was recovering. If our law is to mean anything, it has to be applied equally. And so I’m very glad that Justice Department has moved forward in this fashion.”
Bannon’s indictment was quick work by the department, a prosecution decision that typically takes months for DOJ lawyers to make, people familiar with the process of handling congressional referrals told POLITICO.
…Bannon’s case falls in the extreme, given he refused to even appear before investigators under subpoena. As it already has, the case will likely present complicated questions about executive privilege, particularly for outside advisers like Bannon.