Before the fateful events of Jan. 6 transpired, leaving five people dead as pro-Trump rioters sought to carry out a coup that would have allowed Donald Trump to remain in office, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was already plotting to make sure details were arranged that would assure then-President-elect Joe Biden was never inaugurated
According to the new book, Peril, from Bob Woodward and Bob Costa, Bannon began his plotting in December and took several steps to get things in place for what he believed would be a day of carnage that kept Trump in office, CNN reports:
“According to the book, a key figure from Trump’s earliest days as president reemerged: former White House adviser Steve Bannon. The authors write that Bannon, who had been indicted in April 2020 and later pardoned by Trump, played a critical role in the events leading up to January 6.On December 30, Bannon convinced Trump to come back to the White House from Mar-a-Lago to prepare for the events of January 6, the date Congress would certify the election results.
“You’ve got to return to Washington and make a dramatic return today,” Bannon told Trump, according to the book. “You’ve got to call Pence off the fucking ski slopes and get him back here today. This is a crisis.”
And that’s when Bannon said something that could well get him criminally charged for conspiracy to commit sedition and murder:
It certainly sounds like Bannon knew there would be violence at the Capitol as a joint session of Congress convened to certify the electoral votes from the states and name Biden 46th President of the United States.
As CNN anchor Jake Tapper noted Tuesday afternoon on the network:
It’s also going to mean that Bannon will probably receive a subpoena from the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 for his testimony. If he refuses to testify, he can be held in contempt of Congress.
Bannon is also likely to be getting a subpoena from a federal grand jury, and that one he’d best obey unless he wants to be put in prison for contempt of court. Yes, he can plead the Fifth if he chooses to, but that won’t do him a damn bit of good if he’s indicted.
Steve Bannon is one of the most disgusting political figures of the last half century. He deserves whatever fate karma has waiting for him.