Steve Bannon Turns The Tables On Pelosi, Cheney, Dragging Them To Court

Steve Bannon, who served as former President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, is taking on Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats.

His attorneys have subpoenaed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the nine members of the House Select Committee investigating January 6, 2021, as he prepares to go to trial next month for ignoring a congressional subpoena, according to The Daily Mail.

Bannon’s lawyer, David Schoen, claimed that the Democrats and others on the committee were ineligible due to conflicts of interest.

“In my perspective, it’s a party political exploitation of the criminal justice system,” the attorney stated.

“It should never have been done, and it demonstrates to me that they were more interested in making a spectacle and intimidating people than in his evidence,” he said.

On Thursday, when the committee holds its hearings in prime time, they will be treated to that sight.

Last Friday, House counsel Doug Letter accepted the subpoenas, but in an ironic twist, Letter and the members could move to have the subpoenas dismissed based on the speech and debate clause.

The speech and debate provision is found in Article 1, section 6 of the United States Constitution, and states that “they [members] shall not be questioned in any other Place for any Speech or Debate in either House.”

“The subpoenas are for materials that belong to the citizens of the United States.” “It would be ironic for the committee to drop the subpoenas after issuing a subpoena demanding materials from Bannon, where Trump asserted executive privilege,” Bannon’s lawyer stated.

But that is precisely the technique that Thomas Spulak, a CNN contributor who served as general counsel to the House of Representatives in the 1990s, expects the subpoenaed members would employ, and that they will succeed.

“In this scenario, I’m extremely certain that the Speech and Debate Clause would protect the staff workers and members of the House,” he stated.

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“I’m convinced that their defense will be upheld, and they will not be forced to produce anything or appear for anything,” he said.

It was a “terrible irony,” according to Schoen.

“Here you have Bannon, who has been recommended for criminal prosecution by this committee for failing to comply with a subpoena when the previous president declared executive privilege and his hands are bound, but then you have the committee members stating they refuse to testify,” the attorney stated.

“Their testimony and documents belong to the American people, and refusing to testify should not be their duty.”

“They want all the facts to come out, and then they want you to testify and produce the records,” he stated.

Individuals members, according to Schoen, have conflicts of interest, including some who are publishing books about the January 6 probe.

Rep. Adam Schiff is one example; he is the author of “Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could,” which was published last October, and the subpoena requests him to disclose records related to the book.

“All documents in your possession that appear to show a conflict of interest involving any Select Committee member or staff (including but not limited to documents pertaining to payments for a book written by and/or promoted by any Select Committee member or staff from January 6, 2021, to the present date),” it said.

Rep. Jamie Raskin, another committee member, wrote “Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy,” a book that mentions the events of January 6, 2021.

“On January 6, he describes the horror of that day, a day that he and other Democrats had spent months preparing for under the right assumption that they would face an attempted coup—not against a President, but for one.” Yet, on January 6, he was confronted with the one thing he hadn’t expected: widespread political violence aimed at delaying Biden’s election. With an inside account of leading the Senate team prosecuting President Trump, Congressman Raskin shares never-before-told stories of how close we came to losing our democracy on that fateful day, and lays out the methodical prosecution that convinced Democrats and Republicans alike of Trump’s responsibility for inciting insurgency against our government.”