As former Trump strategist Steve Bannon stands trial for refusing to comply with the Jan. 6 congressional committee, his ‘war room’ is theorizing that his defiance of congressional charges is part of a successful political work.
Bannon, who served as former President Donald Trump’s chief strategist in 2017, was subpoenaed last year by the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol. United, when a mob of Trump supporters, motivated by unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud, rioted in a failed attempt to force Congress to block President Joe Biden’s victory, but he refused to comply.
Bannon’s trial began this week as investigations into the Capitol riot continue to heat up. But his allies are now theorizing that Democrats are using the lawsuit to prevent Bannon, who was instrumental in Trump’s success, from helping Republicans win in the 2024 presidential election.
Jack Posobiec made the claim on Monday as he replaced Bannon on the Crisis unit podcast, claiming that the “show trial” is proof that “the regime is attacking the opposition”.
“Both sides know that the only reason he is there is the effectiveness of the war room group, the effectiveness of the national populist movement and the fact that he was the architect of much of the MAGA movement, the victory of 2016,” said Posobiec.
He said Democrats are “trying to take him out of the playing field for 2024.”
Bannon’s trial begins
Posobiec’s remarks come as jury selection for the trial enters its second day on Tuesday. Congress in October voted to hold him in contempt, and a grand jury indicted him in November on two counts of contempt of Congress, each carrying a sentence of up to a year behind bars.
On Tuesday, the 22 potential jurors identified on Monday will be narrowed down before the trial begins, The Associated Press reported.
Bannon was among the first former White House officials to be called to testify before the Jan. 6 committee. Investigators said Bannon allegedly contacted Trump on Dec. 30, 2020, and urged him to focus his efforts on Jan. 6. He is also accused of attending a rally at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC, on January 5, 2021, where Trump allies allegedly planned efforts to block Biden’s Electoral College victory.
He refused to testify for months, claiming executive privilege that legal experts have reviewed, because Bannon was not working inside the White House on or around January 6.
The lawsuit comes just weeks after Bannon agreed to testify before the committee on Jan. 6, a move federal prosecutors described as a “last ditch attempt” to avoid accountability. Trump, in a July 9 letter, agreed to waive claims of executive privilege to allow his testimony.