Trump Ally Steve Bannon Loses Appeal in January 6th Investigation

Trump Ally Steve Bannon Loses Appeal in January 6th Investigation
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A fed­er­al appeals court dis­missed Steve Ban­non’s attempt to over­turn his con­tempt con­vic­tion for defy­ing the Jan­u­ary 6th committee. 

Ban­non argued the sub­poe­na lacked valid­i­ty due to exec­u­tive priv­i­lege claims. How­ev­er, the pan­el ruled the com­mit­tee prop­er­ly issued the sub­poe­na and exec­u­tive priv­i­lege did not allow defi­ance as Ban­non was not a White House employee.

This upholds Ban­non’s jury con­vic­tion and four-month jail sen­tence for refus­ing to tes­ti­fy about his com­mu­ni­ca­tions with Trump and activ­i­ties sur­round­ing the Capi­tol attack. It strength­ens the House inves­ti­ga­tion, which has faced chal­lenges com­pelling fig­ures close to Trump.

The deci­sion marks anoth­er set­back for allies seek­ing to stall the 20,000-word Jan­u­ary 6th probe. It affirms the legal risk oth­ers take if dis­re­gard­ing subpoenas. 

Mov­ing for­ward, obstruc­tion could lead to fur­ther con­vic­tions as the bipar­ti­san inves­ti­ga­tion explores Trump’s role and account­abil­i­ty for those who planned or coor­di­nat­ed the insurrection.

The appeals rul­ing is a blow to Ban­non’s strate­gies delay­ing coop­er­a­tion. It sig­nals exec­u­tive priv­i­lege claims will not pro­tect wit­ness­es from being questioned. 

The Jan­u­ary 6th com­mit­tee gains momen­tum to learn more about efforts to over­turn the 2020 elec­tion results and what Trump knew in advance of the riots. This could influ­ence whether the facts assem­bled sup­port new laws strength­en­ing demo­c­ra­t­ic process­es and hold­ing any co-con­spir­a­tors responsible.

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