Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Foreign Relations Boil Down to Two Things: Talking With People or Killing Them." -- Unknown

"Mobs Do Not Rush Across Town to Do Good Deeds." -- James Lee Burke

"Colt .45s; putting bad guys underground since 1873." -- Unknown

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Let’s eat all of these people!” — Venom

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Friday, November 12, 2021

Wheels, Turning

Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, was indicted Friday on two counts of criminal contempt of Congress after he defied a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

The Justice Department said Bannon, 67, was indicted on one count for refusing to appear for a deposition last month and the other for refusing to provide documents in response to the committee’s subpoena. He is expected to surrender to authorities on Monday and will appear in court that afternoon, a law enforcement official told the AP

Being indicted for a Federal crime is not something new for Bannon. My suspicion is that he'll try to ride it out in the hope that the Orange Seditionist will regain power and issue yet another pardon.


B said...

Obama, members of congress, and the FBI can ignore Congressional subpoenas and get away with it, why can't Bannon?

Oh, yeah, they did things that the Democrats approved of.

dinthebeast said...

Or at least that the goddamn Republicans will win control of the house in the midterms and make the committee just sort of go away.

-Doug in Sugar Pine

dan gerene said...

Maybe Bannon has one of TFG's highly competent (unpaid) lawyers advising him that a pardon is a "get out of jail free" forever card.

Comrade Misfit said...

B, that is about the nuttiest argument you have made in years. Even if I accepted the basis of your premise (which I don’t), the argument that nobody can be charged with a crime if they don’t charge everyone is, at best, the argument of a child.

Get a speeding ticket, go to court and argue that it’s not fair that the cop didn't ticket the other speeders. See where that gets you.

Comrade Misfit said...

Besides that, you conflate “lying” with “ refusing to testify,” but you quibble about what is a “vaccine”.

Pretty damn curious, that.

Dark Avenger said...

Never believe that anti-Semites are completely unaware of the absurdity of their replies. They know that their remarks are frivolous, open to challenge. But they are amusing themselves, for it is their adversary who is obliged to use words responsibly, since he believes in words. The anti-Semites have the right to play. They even like to play with discourse for, by giving ridiculous reasons, they discredit the seriousness of their interlocutors. They delight in acting in bad faith, since they seek not to persuade by sound argument but to intimidate and disconcert. If you press them too closely, they will abruptly fall silent, loftily indicating by some phrase that the time for argument is past.

Jean-Paul Sartre.

B, even if one accepts the premise that Democrats have ignored similar calls to testify in the past, that doesn’t excuse Bannon et al from having to respect the law in this case.

Kevin McCarthy, the current House majority leader and the heir apparent to outgoing Speaker John Boehner, directly linked the Benghazi panel to decreased support for the Democratic frontrunner during an appearance on FOX News Tuesday night.

Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee," McCarthy said. “What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she's untrustable. But no one would have have known any of that had happened had we not fought and made that happen.”

In a statement, McCarthy spokesman Matt Sparks clarified that the Benghazi committee has "nothing to do with politics."

"The Select Committee on Benghazi has always been focused on getting the facts about the attacks on our diplomatic facilities in Libya that led to the death of four Americans. This was the right thing to do and the Committee has worked judiciously and honestly," he said. "As a result of that work, there are now numerous investigations being conducted – including the Federal Bureau of Investigation. These inquiries have nothing to do with politics and everything to do with the consequences of what the former Secretary has done and her confusing, conflicting, and demonstrably false responses."

But McCarthy's comment still runs counter to the party's longtime position of dismissing any suggestion that the probe could affect Clinton politically.


0_0 said...

McCarthy has his opinion. I think issues like the email server and her unlikability as perceived by many mattered more. Plus her opponent was more popular. Probably still is.

Dark Avenger said...

0_0, you mean popular, as when he lost the popular vote to her in 2016?

B said...

Not trying to argue here, but instead looking for an explanation.
Why, if Congress has the authority to compel testimony or otherwise issue subpoenas that is absolute can some individuals ignore them with impunity and others get jail time for ignoring them??
Do they have the power to compel or not? if so, do we not all have equal protection under the law?