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DOJ Will Charge Bannon For Criminal Contempt ‘Within A Matter Of Days’: Report

The House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection acted on Thursday to find former Trump adviser Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress and the Department of Justice will charge him “within a matter of days,” according to Pete Williams of NBC News.

Appearing on “MTP Daily,” Williams was asked by host Chuck Todd how quickly the DOJ would act against Bannon now that they have the referral from the House committee. He responded:

“I think promptly. They will get the referral from Congress. Congress will act quickly. The U.S. Attorney will act within a matter of days.”

Williams made his comments shortly after the chairman of the House Select Committee, Bennie Thompson, made it clear he would indeed refer Bannon for charges:

Mr. Bannon has declined to cooperate with the Select Committee and is instead hiding behind the former President’s insufficient, blanket, and vague statements regarding privileges he has purported to invoke. We reject his position entirely. The Select Committee will not tolerate defiance of our subpoenas, so we must move forward with proceedings to refer Mr. Bannon for criminal contempt. I’ve notified the Select Committee that we will convene for a business meeting Tuesday evening to vote on adopting a contempt report.

Others who have been subpoenaed by the committee — former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino, and Defense Department aide Kash Patel — are being given temporary postponements before they are referred for contempt, according to a committee spokesperson:

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Gaetz’s Friends Are Afraid To Text Him For Fear The FBI Is Monitoring His Communications: Report

The few friends that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has left are terrified to send him text messages or other forms of electronic communications because they assume the FBI is monitoring every move the embattled congressman makes.

Business Insider reports that the allegations that Gaetz may have sexually trafficked an underage girl have led many who know him to cut all ties:

Matt Gaetz’s friends think twice these days before texting the Florida Republican congressman. “They know that there’s a massive investigation going on,” one Gaetz friend told Insider. “That makes people hesitant to reach out.'”Another of Gaetz’s friends agreed, saying, “It’s a natural sort of reaction. No one wants to inject themselves into anything while there’s 16 dozen people looking into everything that comes into that phone.”

Back in April, Politico reported that federal agents had seized an iPhone belonging to Gaetz:

Gaetz’s predicament as the subject of a serious investigation became clearer this winter when federal agents executed a search warrant and seized his iPhone, according to interviews with three people who were told of the matter by Gaetz, who changed his phone number in late December. Around that time, the sources said, federal agents also seized his former girlfriend’s phone before she went into work in the morning. She declined comment.

Most of those who know Gaetz and the allegations against him are convinced it’s just a matter of time before he’s indicted, arrested, and put on trial on charges that could potentially send him to prison for the rest of his life:

Gaetz’s former classmates at William & Mary Law School recently received a save the date for their 15-year reunion next April. Some joked that Gaetz might attend with federal agents. His former law school classmates are “anticipating his indictment,” said one of his ex-classmates, said the report. For now, Florida politicos, Washington Republicans, and others who know Gaetz say they’re waiting to see what’s next in the legal drama, even though the headlines have died down. “Everybody’s kind of sitting back with popcorn,” said one Republican source who worked with Gaetz in Florida.

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Capitol Rioter Compares Himself To Jesus And Tells Judge He Was Entrapped

Brandon Fellows is one of the pro-Trump insurrectionists who showed up at the Capitol and took part in desecrating the seat of American government, at one point snapping a photo of himself sitting on a police motorcycle while wearing a fake orange beard.

Fellows later shared that photo on Instagram, and that’s where his legal problems began.

As if that’s not incriminating enough, Fellows also allegedly showed up on CNN wearing the same absurd costume, remarking:

“Yeah, we went in there and then I walked in and there’s just a whole bunch of people lighting up some Oregon room…they were smoking a bunch of weed in there.”

Despite all of this evidence, Fellows is now asking a federal judge to release him from custody and allow him to go home. His reasoning: He’s a lot like Jesus Christ and he wraps his phone in tinfoil.

Clearly, what Fellows needs most is some good psychotropic meds and maybe a few dozen ECT sessions.

Josh Gerstein, the Senior Legal Affairs correspondent for Politico, reported on what transpired in court as Fellows regaled the judge with his bizarre rambling:

Fellows is just the latest of the Capitol insurrectionists to whine about being locked up for his disgusting actions.

Joe Biggs, a member of the Proud Boys domestic terror group, wrote a friend and complained he couldn’t take a leak in private:

“Today is my 3 month anniversary being locked up. Not allowed to work out. My body feels as if it’s aged too much. Can hardly move.

“No privacy allowed when shitting allowed.”

Robert Reeder, on the other hand, said he couldn’t find work as a result of his disgusting actions on Jan. 6:

“I’ve lost my job. I’m radioactive. No one wants to hire me. They just have to Google my name.”

Oh well. These miscreants should have stayed home and watched it all on TV. Instead, they have to pay for their actions. And that infuriates them.

 

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Senator Hints At First Charges Against Trump: Georgia Is A ‘Ripe Area’

Thanks to an interim report from the Senate Judiciary Committee that was released this week, we now have a better idea exactly how former President Donald Trump and other members of his administration attempted to overturn the results of the 2020 election and keep Trump in office against the will of the American voters.

Specifically, the Washington Post notes, Trump did everything he could to remain in office:

The interim report by the Senate Judiciary Committee was issued Thursday. While Republicans on the panel offered their counter-findings, arguing that Trump did not subvert the justice system to remain in power, the majority report by the Democrats offers the most detailed account to date of the struggle inside the administration’s final, desperate days.

The report underscores the gaping political divide that has emerged in this country over one of the most basic functions of government — conducting free and fair elections. Democrats charge Trump nearly provoked a constitutional crisis, but for the steady hands of senior Justice Department officials; Republicans say Trump was “faithful” to his sworn duty as president in seeking assurances about voter integrity.

But according to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Judiciary Committee, the focus is now on Georgia, where Trump desperately tried to have state officials overturn the results and name him the victor.

Whitehouse was a guest on “Meet the Press,” and was asked by host Chuck Todd:

“At the end of the report, there is some talk about criminal referrals. What would be criminal in this case?”

Though he wouldn’t get into specifics, Sen. Whitehouse made it clear that the Justice Department will be particularly interested in Georgia:

“I don’t want to get into criminal referrals, we’re still in the interim level. But I would point to just the geographic fact that much of what took place at the Department of Justice being focused on Georgia. Being focused on sending letters to the Georgia legislature saying that they could open up in special session and redo the election with a separate slate, and the extent to which that interconnects with the DA’s investigation into Trump’s personal efforts to threaten officials in Georgia on the same question is, I think, a very ripe area for at least Georgia’s investigation and we’ll see what the Department of Justice wants to do with it.”

 

Of course, there’s no way of knowing if the DOJ will file criminal charges in the matter of Trump’s attempts to rig the election in his favor after the votes had been counted. But the interim report from the Judiciary Committee certainly suggests there’s plenty of evidence to support a full investigation and criminal charges if a case can be made.

While it’s long been assumed Trump is under the greatest legal jeopardy in New York, it could be Georgia that has the best proof of his most recent crimes and the danger they posed to our democratic process.

 

 

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Former US Attorney: Trump’s ‘Executive Privilege’ Claim To Jan. 6 Committee Is ‘Ridiculous’

According to failed, one-term former President Donald Trump, even though he’s no longer in the White House, he still has every right to assert executive privilege in order to stonewall the House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

But that, former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, is complete nonsense, and it won’t stand up in court.

Vance was a guest on MSNBC Sunday afternoon, and she was asked by host Alex Witt about four former members of the administration — Steve Bannon, Dan Scavino, Mark Meadows, and Kashyap Patel — who are obeying Trump and ignoring subpoenas from the Jan. 6 committee:

“As you look at the Capitol riot, Donald Trump wanted to assert executive privilege by the House committee and was blocked doing so by the Biden administration. What do you make of his request? Did it hold any water at all? Does he have grounds to try again to keep these documents from being released?”

Vance replied:

“It’s unsurprising that he would make the request. Trump is no stranger to specious legal arguments, but he’s no longer the president of the United States and it’s up to the current president to decide whether or not there’s executive privilege and Joe Biden has already said no, there’s not.”

The former federal prosecutor then added that aides such as Bannon are also barking up the wrong tree:

“For purposes of January 6th investigations, the subject is of such tremendous importance that he will not exert executive privilege. Trump can go to court and claim he still has some rights but you can understand how ridiculous that is, even if, for instance, people like Steve Bannon who wasn’t working in the White House could be covered by executive privilege, which Bannon can’t be, the notion that every former living president could exert privilege is unworkable.

“Biden holds the privilege and says materials can be turned over and a court will order that. The question is how successful Trump will be at playing the delay game he plays with the courts.”

Hopefully the courts will expedite the Trump’s executive privilege claims and put anyone who ignores a subpoena behind bars for contempt. If not, Trump and his minions will be back. And the next time they could well succeed with their coup.