Steve Bannon maintains his defiant stance after being sentenced to jail for declining a subpoena and said Republicans would take back the House of Representatives and impeach Attorney General Merrick Garland for politicizing the Justice Department.
Bannon, a former aide to former President Donald Trump, made the remarks Friday night during a prime-time appearance on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show. A federal judge earlier in the day sentenced Bannon to four months in prison for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot. As the midterm elections approached, some Republicans seemed interested in making Bannon’s prediction a reality.
“I have a strong belief that Merrick Garland will be indicted by the new Congress next year,” Bannon told Carlson, saying that the DOJ had become “radically partisan” under Garland.
Bannon, who is currently at large while he appeals his case, urged Republicans to focus on prevailing in the Nov. 8 election as polls suggest Republicans have a good chance of winning to take control of the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate.
“We have a very good opportunity here to crush the Democratic Party as a national political institution,” Bannon said, while predicting the GOP would win the House of Representatives by 40 or 50 seats, as well as down-ballot races.
“I want Republicans in the new Congress to focus on cleaning up the rat’s nest at the DOJ and the rat’s nest at the FBI,” he added.
The Jan. 6 House committee has turned its attention increasingly to links between the pro-Trump mob that has overrun the Capitol and the actions of the former president’s allies. The committee subpoenaed Bannon last year and asked him to produce documents and answer affidavits.
Bannon rebuffed the committee, saying he was protected by executive branch privilege. However, Justice Department lawyers have argued that Bannon’s refusal was in “bad faith” after he was told by Trump’s legal team that he was not protected by executive privileges when he launched attacks on the committee.
Many Republicans reacted with outrage when the FBI executed a court-authorized search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Florida home in August as part of its investigation into the former president’s possible hoarding of sensitive government documents.
As Bannon’s disregard for the congressional case unfolded, elected Republicans and others running for office joined his cause.
Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz on Twitter called Bannon is “a proud dissident” who has experienced “clear political persecution”.
Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted her support for Bannon Friday along with a video of her performance The real voice of America She describes how she and her allies will open a series of investigations in the new Congress.
“Joe Biden and his family will be a top target. As has the CDC, FBI, DOJ, DOE, Homeland Security and many other government agencies that have abused power,” she said.
The Republican minority of the House Judiciary Committee shared a tweet from California Rep. Darrell Issa calling on Obama administration officials not to be punished after ignoring subpoenas from Congress.
Joe Kenta Trump-backed candidate running for a Republican-leaning seat in Washington state tweeted his support for Bannon.
“This is bigger than Bannon, our corrupt government imprisons political dissidents and arms the national security state against law-abiding citizens,” he said.
news week turned to House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/hours-after-sentencing-steve-bannon-predicts-merrick-garland-impeachment-1754035 Hours after sentencing, Steve Bannon predicts Merrick Garland’s impeachment