DOJ aims to block key Bannon defense strategy
[ Editor’s Note: You can see the strategy here, the Trumper lawyers shooting to get a precedent ruling that all Trumpers ‘refusniks’ and refuse to testify to Congress ‘on advice of counsel’, which would effectively deny Congressional authority to investigate. People would just refuse to testify.
Note that taking the 5th is a separate matter, and a two step one in that Congress can then give immunity, which puts the target back into witness chair mode. It’s a ploy that any and all Trumpers could use in future prosecutions, and a good scam if they can pull it off.
You can see the Trumper lawyers planning to take all these contempt cases to the Supreme Court, which they feel will rule positively on their behalf to complete the coup of taking over the country, where future Republican presidents will eventually take us to a fully authoritarian New UnUnited States of America (UUSA).
Big money, what appears now to be international mob money, as VT presented to the 2015 Damascus International CounterTerrorism conference, is coming out of the closet, putting up $1 billion for a new Trump media platform.
A chunk of that might be Saudi money, early bets being placed down on Trump’s eventually being reinstalled where the favor will be returned. Rad Republicans are lining up to become ‘noticeable’ and willing receptors of such money and also willing to reward donors handsomely… Jim W. Dean ]
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First published December 07, 2021
The Justice Department plans to try to block a central line of defense for Steve Bannon in his upcoming trial for contempt of Congress: that his decision to stonewall Jan. 6 investigators was the result of his lawyer’s advice.
“The Government anticipates filing a motion… to exclude evidence and argument relating to any advice of counsel on the basis that it is not a defense to the pending charges,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Vaughn said in a status report filed late Monday.
Judge Nichols has scheduled a hearing in the matter for Tuesday morning.
At the heart of the issue is whether Bannon’s decision to completely ignore a subpoena by the House Jan. 6 select committee was so egregious that it rose to the level of criminal defiance. Prosecutors say Bannon didn’t respond to the committee’s September subpoena until after the deadline to testify — and when he did, he simply refused to honor it.
…Bannon, via his attorney Robert Costello, said that he was always willing to cooperate if a court ordered him to do so
…Among the disagreements outlined by the Justice Department and Bannon on Monday: The department says its entire case against Bannon could be argued in a single day — and it wants that day to be before April 15.
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If a witness from Federal Agency can avoid answering questions in a Congressional committee hearing, why should anyone else have to answer to them?
Government agencies are supposed to serve the government which created them, which is supposed to be serving “the people.”
But I keep forgetting, that’s just a fantasy to give the illusion of government being “of the people, by the people and for the people.”
Just like the illusional fantasy of government “agencies” serving, and being answerable to the government. Or at least the “government” which the people see, and believe to be the government.
1/6 was a dress rehearsal for insurrection, Jim. Trump and his crazy base are trying to stage an illegal coup. Oddly, they are being given plenty of time to put it all together. Why? Are we waiting for the other shoe to drop? Maybe it will be another “catastrophic and catalyzing event, like a new Pearl Harbor.” Hey, where have we heard that one before?
Actually, it was from the 1998 Project for a New American Century (PNAC) manifesto that predicted, “the shift [more assertive U.S. policy in the Middle East] would come about slowly, unless there were some catastrophic and catalyzing event, like a new Pearl Harbor.” That event was the false-flag attack on the USA that happened on 9/11. PNAC included, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz. Ring any bells?
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