I am sure that the people Bannon named are trembling with fear … NOT!
Excerpts from the Article:
Trump ally Steve Bannon has lashed out at the Biden administration as he surrendered to the FBI to face charges over his refusal to co-operate with the congressional Capitol riot inquiry.
“This is going to be the misdemeanour from hell,” the former strategist said outside the FBI’s Washington office.
Mr Bannon, 67, faces up to a year in prison and a $100,000 (£75,000) fine if convicted. He was formally charged on Friday in the case.
Mr Bannon is accused of defying a summons to testify on what he knew about plans for the protest that ended with Trump supporters storming Congress.
Supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the Congress building on 6 January as results of the 2020 election were being certified inside. Mr Trump, a Republican, has refused to acknowledge losing the election to Democratic President Joe Biden last year, making claims – without evidence – of mass voter fraud.
Mr Bannon was indicted on one count of refusing to appear for a deposition and one count of refusing to provide subpoenaed documents to a committee investigating the riot.
Appearing outside court on Monday afternoon, he said he believed the charges were politically motivated and vowed to fight them. “We’re tired of playing defence. We’re going to go on the offense on this,” he said.
As part of restrictions set by the court, Mr Bannon will be required to check in weekly, remain at his listed address and notify authorities of any plans to leave the Washington DC area. He was also required to surrender his passport to authorities.
No plea has yet been entered, and a virtual hearing has been scheduled for Thursday morning.
According to subpoena documents, Mr Bannon – who currently hosts the right-wing War Room podcast – said on the eve of the riot that “all hell is going to break loose tomorrow”.
His lawyers have argued that his communications involving the former president are protected. Mr Bannon’s is the first such indictment to come out of the House of Representatives Select Committee’s inquiry of the 6 January events.
Mr Trump has urged former aides to reject deposition requests, arguing that they are covered by executive privilege – a legal principle that protects many White House communications. Another Trump official, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, could also face consequences for defying a similar subpoena to appear before the committee.
Dozens of subpoenas were issued last week, calling on former Trump officials to hand over documents and testify about the riot.
On Sunday, Mr Trump defended his former aide – whom he fired in 2017, saying: “This country has perhaps never done to anyone what they have done to Steve Bannon”.
This Letter will soon be published in the Delaware State News:
Op Ed or Letter to the Editor – Enforce our Laws! 11/12/21
In the wake of recent reckless threats uttered by some politicians, we see people like Senator Amy Klobuchar calling for a federal law making it a crime to threaten an election official.
Such a law is not necessary; every state in America has laws making it a crime to threaten anyone! In Delaware, for example, see sections 1301.1302,1303,1304,1311, and 1312 of Title 11 of the Delaware Code.
Laws unenforced are useless, and when those who violate some of those laws see that they can do so with impunity, all of us are less safe.
One major fault of Trump supporters is the notion that laws do not apply to them. Society must show them, and anyone else with such an idea, that they are wrong. The principle that nobody is above the law is what distinguishes America from many, many countries, and for the better.
Anyone threatening harm to another should be prosecuted … before the threat leads to action.
Ken Abraham, former Deputy Attorney General, founder of Citizens for Criminal JUSTICE, Dover, DE 302-423-4067