Even as pundits insisted that the January 6th Committee’s criminal contempt referral against Steve Bannon wasn’t going to accomplish anything, in reality it appears to already be succeeding. For instance, rogue former Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark agreed to testify to the committee almost immediately after Bannon’s criminal referral. And now one of Bannon’s own people is cooperating.
When Steve Bannon and some of his pals were criminally indicted for the “Build the Wall” scam, another Bannon pal named Dustin Stockton managed to avoid being indicted in spite of his reported connections to the scam. Now, according to Politico, the January 6th Committee has convinced Stockton to testify as to what he knows about Bannon’s involvement in the Capitol attack.
This isn’t necessarily surprising. Stockman managed to avoid criminal indictment in the wall scam, so he’s apparently in the clear. But if he were to refuse to cooperate with the January 6th Committee, it would refer him to the DOJ for criminal prosecution for contempt of Congress, and he’d risk ending up getting indicted after all.
We’re going to see more of this. The committee’s criminal referral against Steve Bannon will take some time to produce results against Bannon himself, because the legal system moves at a certain pace no matter how many magic wand ideas are getting floated by Twitter pundits. But the Bannon criminal referral already appears to have scared multiple people into cooperating with the committee – which was the real goal all along.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report