It’s been clear from early on that the January 6th Committee was itching to make an example out of someone, so that other hostile witnesses would fall in line. Even as people like Mark Meadows have reportedly decided to cooperate, Steve Bannon has decided to thumb his nose at the committee.
Palmer Report said that the committee would specifically look to make an example out of Bannon, and sure enough, committee member Adam Kinzinger is confirming as much. He said this today on CNN about the criminal referral that’s coming against Bannon: “Anybody that is either being subpoenaed now or will be in the future — think twice before you reject a lawful order from Congress.”
The defeatist whiners will of course spend all weekend saying dumb things like “I’ll believe it when I see it,” and “Why is the committee waiting until Tuesday?” But none of that whining is relevant to the actual real world process of holding a criminal contempt hearing and such.
The reality is that one of the more prominent members of the January 6th Committee just flat out told us all that the committee is making an example out of Steve Bannon, so that’s what we’ll see happen. Keep in mind that Bannon, who is under confirmed criminal investigation in New York, is in a no-win position where he’s afraid to testify for fear of further incriminating himself. That puts the committee in an ideal position to make any example out of him, as his options for fighting back are extremely limited.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report