When the January 6th Committee decided to start off its proceedings by subpoenaing Steve Bannon nine months ago, it seemed clear that the committee did so with the knowledge that Bannon would refuse to cooperate, so it could bust him for contempt, and scare other more skittish witnesses into cooperating. Sure enough, everyone from Bill Barr to Jason Miller to Ivanka Trump has since testified against Trump. And now Bannon is about to go on trial for contempt.
When January 6th Committee member Jamie Raskin appeared on Lawrence O’Donnel’s MSNBC show on Wednesday night to discuss various topics, Raskin said he felt the biggest news of the day was that the courts rejected Bannon’s request for a dismissal.
Raskin explained that this was crucial because Bannon had based his dismissal motion on the claim that the January 6th Committee was illegitimate to begin with. Accordingly, when the court ruled against Bannon, it ruled by default that the committee is fully legitimate.
Steve Bannon is now set to stand criminal trial for contempt of Congress within a few weeks. If he’s convicted by a trial jury, it’ll only serve to further underscore the legitimacy of the January 6th Committee. Bannon is on track for prison – and Jamie Raskin is right to feel vindicated.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report