Three Things: Ugly Goes Clean to the Bone [UPDATE-1]
[NB: As always, check the byline. Updates will appear at the bottom. Thanks. /~Rayne]
Friday we got badly wanted news; we wanted it badly enough we didn’t blink at its arrival in the late Friday afternoon news dump zone.
But it wasn’t enough. It was only the start, a mere teaser.
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At 3:53 p.m. last Friday, the Department of Justice tweeted the indictment news:
Stephen K. Bannon Indicted for Contempt of Congress
Two Charges Filed for Failing to Honor House Subpoena From Select Committee Investigating Jan. 6 Capitol Breach https://t.co/4SxgGiuLNx?amp=1
The internet was paying attention:
…even if Steve Bannon hadn’t been.
The news feed at the bottom of Bannon’s podcast reads “Federal Grand Jury Indicts Steve Bannon” as Bannon promotes his guest’s podcast https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FEB1QPpUYAkLVs2?format=jpg&name=small
6:01 PM · Nov 12, 2021·Twitter for iPhone
Rather hubristic to carry on as if he didn’t expect to be indicted, but then many of us were beginning to think it would never happen.
Bannon is supposed to surrender himself today, which may be a bit of a circus since Bannon now has a new attorney, David Schoen. Schoen was one of Trump’s impeachment attorneys in 2020.
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The well-meaning sages who insisted things were under control — it was a good sign it was taking nearly a month to indict Bannon, don’t be like deplorables, blah-blah-blah — all had their say.
But which is it?
Dear @tribelaw – with respect, you should ease up on your former student, Merrick Garland. Three weeks is actually very fast when it comes to something as consequential as indicting a former senior White House official. We want prosecutors to be careful and thoughtful, not hasty. https://twitter.com/tribelaw/status/1459309628236386307
9:02 PM · Nov 13, 2021·Twitter Web App
These things just need more time because DOJ must be cautious?
See who signed this indictment? DC USAO Matthew Graves, who was sworn in on Friday, Nov. 5. Before then, he couldn’t be briefed on the Bannon case or review evidence. Tuesday, Nov. 8 was an election day. Yesterday, of course, was a federal holiday. Pretty fast work, I would say. https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1459265746337472513
Or these things just needed this one person who wasn’t approved as DC-US Attorney until October 28 and sworn in more than a week later on November 5 to do the thing — which, by the way, took one week from oath to indictment?
Because it sure looks like the entirety of the House January 6 committee’s ability to wield its inherent powers on intransigent witnesses was completely dependent on the absence/presence of a single Biden appointee which some jerk like Sen. Ted Cruz could have held up the way he is currently holding our foreign policy hostage with holds on State Department nominees.
Are we supposed to accept with a pat on our heads that our democracy yet again depended on one person’s role?
If the DC-US Attorney were to become incapacitated at any time when the January 6 committee refers a contempt charge to DOJ, are we supposed to accept the platitudes “this takes time” or “don’t be a deplorable” when nothing happens?
What kind of government continuity is this?
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Which brings us to the problem of former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows who received communications both Thursday and Friday from the chair of the January 6 committee about his lack of response to a subpoena issued by the committee on September 23.
Using false or misleading claims, Meadows had attempted to spur the DOJ to investigate election fraud claims including a bizarre theory that unknown persons located in Italy used military technology and satellites to remotely switch votes from Trump to Biden. These claims were sent to then-Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen between December and January — after the 2020 election but before the January 6 insurrection.
Meadows was supposed to appear before the committee on October 15 to answer questions about these claims and his role in pushing them toward the DOJ, a week after he was supposed to have furnished documents requested by the committee in relation to these false election fraud claims.
The committee’s chair sent a letter last Thursday to Meadow’s attorney:
NEW: Chairman @BennieGThompson responds to Mark Meadows’s attorney regarding Mr. Meadows’s refusal to comply with a Select Committee subpoena: https://january6th.house.gov/sites/democrats.january6th.house.gov/files/20211111%20Terwilliger%20Letter.pdf
And on Friday the committee emphasized it’s going to use the tools available to it to obtain compliance with the subpoena — or else.
Mr. Meadows’s actions today—choosing to defy the law—will force the Select Committee to consider pursuing contempt or other proceedings to enforce the subpoena. https://january6th.house.gov/news/press-releases/thompson-cheney-statement-mark-meadows-0
Meadow’s attorney sent a massively ballsy op-ed to the Washington Post as a rebuttal to the committee’s subpoena:
Opinion: In abandoning executive privilege, Biden rejects 200 years of history
George J. Terwilliger III is a partner at McGuireWoods LLP in Washington and previously served as deputy attorney general.
As counsel for former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, I was surprised and disappointed to receive a letter Thursday informing me that the Biden administration will be the first in history not to resist a congressional subpoena for testimony from a senior White House aide. …
WaPo treated this like any other conservative’s op-ed; no caveat this op-ed may be tampering with an investigation.
Rather interesting how Terwilliger was able to get a 789-word op-ed published at 3:30 p.m. on the same day the January 6 committee issued its letter. This isn’t the first time Terwilliger has opined in WaPo about someone involved in the January 6 insurrection though Terwilliger’s last op-ed was a defense of former AG Bill Barr’s interference in Roger Stone’s sentencing. Can’t have the GOP’s senior ratfucker excessively punished during an election season after all.
Former Nixon White House counsel John Dean didn’t think much of Terwilliger’s op-ed:
Meadows’ lawyer is wrong. This is bad history. Nixon did nothing to block or control subpoenas of his top aides. More impt: No POTUS can stop anyone from testifying and to attack them for doing so is a crime. Meadows is protecting HIMSELF! Then, Donald! https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/11/13/abandoning-executive-privilege-biden-rejects-200-years-history/
I think I’d put my money behind Dean as to which of these two attorneys has a better grasp on the limits of executive privilege.
But it gets worse for Meadows since the soon-to-be-released book about the January 6 insurrection by reporter Jonathan Karl revealed yet another memo outlining steps to effect the autogolpe overthrowing the election.
Meadows had forwarded by email to then-VP Mike Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short a memo prepared by attorney Jennifer Ellis outlining the steps Pence needed to take to avoid certifying the election for Biden until a new alternate slate of electors for Trump could be introduced from just enough states to flip the election to Trump.
A rather pathetic carrot offered to Pence with the stick to follow on the day of the insurrection — a threat of violence and possible assassination by mob because Pence didn’t take the memo as a White House-approved order.
Looks like the number of questions Meadows must now answer has grown even longer.
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The title of this post comes from an aphorism attributed to a favorite writer, Dorothy Parker: “Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.” Meadows may be more physically attractive and better dressed than Bannon but they’re both deeply ugly people who represent an existential threat to American democracy.
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UPDATE-1 — 10:00 P.M. ET —
he looks like the drunk, disowned uncle that got told to leave the family reunion #ByeSteve https://pbs.twimg.com/ext_tw_video_thumb/1460333203776884736/pu/img/W8A8BIW6s7uRpwM1?format=jpg&name=small
For a guy who was simply asked to appear before a House committee to answer some questions about what happened leading up to and on the day of January 6, this guy sure wants his audience to believe he’s being uniquely singled out for harassment by a president who both believes in the equal but separate powers inherent to each branch of government, and who believes the DOJ should be independent of the White House. Perhaps Bannon’s projecting since he was just fine with Trump’s DOJ acting like his personal police force.
Bannon could have just shown up, told the committee on a question by question basis, “I can’t answer that because my lawyer said it’s under executive privilege as Trump has claimed,” and simply gone about his day, coming off cool and collected like someone with nothing to hide.
But no, Bannon has to make a big scene because it’s a grift for more money; you know when he said “Stand by,” he will likely elaborate soon saying, “Stand by, because I’m going to ask you for help soon,” and then he’ll point to a link for donations for his legal fund.
Wow, he doesn’t even need to claim he’s building a border wall this time.
Yes, bmaz, I know you’re not a fan, but I wonder how this could play out if he’s right.
EDIT — 10:16 AM — Never let an opportunity to grift go unstreamed.
Perhaps it was internet scuttlebutt, but doesn’t an “advice of my attorney” defense also open up the attorney-client notes for background on the “advice”? It looks like Bannon is trying to blame someone else in true Trumpworld fashion.
As it is, the events investigated by the committee occurred in 2020 and 2021, while Bannon was out of government service (and therefore executive privilege) in 2017. I would think that point by itself should sink any EP claims.
Advice of counsel defense likely requires both the client and their advising counsel to testify to have a realistic chance of success in front of an unbiased fact finder. In the civil tax context to avoid penalties, I’ve won this issue only in cases where both the client and the adviser have testified.
Asserting this defense waives the privilege as to ALL legal advice received on this issue, not just advice from the advising/testifying attorney.
The advice must be reasonable. Hence the importance of seeking sanctions against Attorneys who take batshit crazy positions, to demonstrate their positions are not reasonable.
Not so much blaming someone else as an attempt to run out the clock. His lawyer’s role will be to swear up and down that his advice was a good faith acknowledgement of Trump’s so very legitimate appeal to executive privilege. “We’re just trying to defer to the process, your honor. Out of an abundance of caution, you see. This is a grave Constitutional matter.”
Don’t forget the “harrumph”…
OT. it’s official, pat leahy retiring. let the chariot races begin.
two remarkable women likely to contend for peter welch’s house seat, rebecca balint (vt senate pres. pro tem) & keisha ram hinsdale (vt state senator.) also savvy machine pol & jenny-come-lately molly may (lieut. governor) who comes with heavy DNC support.
Quick correction: that’s “Molly Gray” come-lately.
Another candidate for the junior senator position (after Bernie) is the current republican governor, Phil Scott. Scott would be an interesting choice as he has been considered one of the most non-illiberal repub governors and has mainly led the state well through the pandemic. I believe that many dems would support him altho it could further wreak havoc with their party’s chances.
Thanks, Gray it is.
Phil Scott’s an interesting and personable guy. For the most part he has stood well apart from both national Repub governors and (more importantly) the state Repub party for some time — at least since Brady Toensing went to DC as VT Trump campaign chair and left the party in the hands of a deranged Deb Billado. Scott did not vote for Trump either time; issued a directive last spring (?) to Sec of State Jim Condos to make sure every registered voter gets a mail-in ballot for every local, state and federal election; did a fine and thoughtful job with the pandemic during its first and second waves during which he was seen and heard every week on local tv and radio with state health commissioner Mark Levine at his side and sharing equal time.
It’s true, he was favored by many Dems last gubernatorial election; the so-called Prog David Zuckerman provided a poorly-articulated alternative. But I doubt either Progs or many Dems would come out for him in a senatorial race. And were he to declare he would almost certainly be primaried by someone or something ugly from the Repub caucus (which, by the way, is so moribund that it meets in the men’s room of the Rutland Motel 6.)
Scott’s been in state govt since Howard Dean left town, back in the ‘aughts — his heart at this point may well be in the stock car circuit at Thunder Road in Barre. (As of summer 2019, he had won some 30-plus events, placing him third all-time in his division.)
n.b. I mispelled “Kesha” Ram Hinsdale’s name as well.
OT, but did anyone else notice that Jenna Ellis also wrote a memo like Eastman’s? IIRC she’s on the subpoena list but given her prior peccadillos in CO she really should be disbarred (I know she won’t).
There’s a link to the story in the post:
I wanted to know what Jenna Ellis had been doing, since she’d been so quiet post-J6. Now we know why, and we’ll see what the committee gets out of her. I don’t see her flipping unless every ruling goes against Team DJT and even then it’s a maybe.
In Landslide, Michael Wolff suggests that Jenna Ellis slipped out the back door once the excitement and glamour (accompanying Giuliani to absurdist-theater performances of lawyering their doomed suits in various courtrooms, egged on by such towering legal minds as Ken Paxton and Sidney Powell) turned sour in her mouth. Literally–she was the one subjected to Rudy’s farts. Between sensory torture and the dawning idea that in trying to raise her profile beyond Fox News, she had dived into the wrong pool: she pulled off a cannonball but looked like a candidate for disbarment.
I’ve taken great interest in Jonathan Karl’s report of a “second memo.” (Which would actually be a third memo, at least, since Eastman put two forward himself.) I assume she produced it while still flush with visions of un-presidented glory (i.e., the stripping of Joe Biden of his victory/title). Like so many of these people Ellis is both an intriguing enigma and, as far as I can tell, an opportunistic cipher. Ultimately I don’t have time to seek for the truth behind the lipstick. But if someone here has, I’d love to hear about it.
As a great woman once said, If you don’t have anything nice to say, come sit with me.
Thank you Rayne. Excellent ending paragraph.
With Bannon, you have to be taught to hate. The lyrics from South Pacific come to mind:
You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught lyrics
You’ve got to be taught
To hate and fear,
You’ve got to be taught
From year to year,
It’s got to be drummed
In your dear little ear
You’ve got to be carefully taught.
You’ve got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
And people whose skin is a diff’rent shade,
You’ve got to be carefully taught.
You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You’ve got to be carefully taught!
Thank you, Rayne, for drilling right into this, right to the bone.
Bannon and his hung-over cover, not fooled by anyone here, also brings to mind lyrics from a song written around 2007, still living in Minnesota, during the overlapping terms of ex – Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty and ex – House of Rep. Republican Michelle Bachman.
The voice of the NEW SAVAGES: Their very own KUMBAYA, passed along now, from campfire to campfire . . .
See this ugliness here? We want this ugliness gone.
We’re resetting the clocks that had never been wrong.
Our Lord meant for us to have this great fenced land.
‘Cause dead Indians and you savages never knew what you had.
All beauty upended.
Old Chevys crushed rusty. Carhops gone blind.
All beauty upended.
Gonna bring it all back for one more . . . glorious time.
On the rails to the future. We are back on track
Get your messes out of here. You are not coming back.
With our God-given bullets. Our home-made wine.
Blessed germs of destruction. Holy nooses of twine.
All beauty upended . . .
We will sweep up your music. Set fire to your art.
Do what’s required so this won’t come apart.
With our winds. With our teeth. With our balancing eyes.
Charges have been set. Man, you are in for a surprise.
All beauty upended . . .
See this ugliness here? We want this ugliness gone.
The conversations regarding executive decisions fall into 2 categories: 1) Stuff about running the country, perhaps arguably privileged; and 2) Stuff about planning, financing, and executing a criminal conspiracy, unprivileged. I don’t believe the Former did much of #1, so I’m betting there’s plenty going to be a lot of #2. Given the unprivileged status of #2, the Judge might have to appoint a Special Master to see what’s what and, maybe I’m dreamin’, but the process could be shorter.
Process could be shorter if they went through the documents the committee requested and simply explained why specific ones are privileged because they’re not all privileged. Bannon and Meadows are just plain stalling.
So what do we think the over/under is on eventually having a Special Master appointed?
12/31/20 TRUMP Administration COS, MEADOWS sends MEMO written by TRUMP Campaign Lawyer, Jenna ELLIS [“A detailed plan for undoing President Joe Biden’s election victory”], to top PENCE Aide. [I guess that means Marc SHORT?]
1/1/21 TRUMP Administration Aide John MCENTEE sent another [Campaign] MEMO, titled “Jefferson used his position as VP to win.”, to PENCE’s COS, Marc SHORT.
For TRUMP, et al, there was NO boundary between Government and Politics.
[#J6TL ;-) /~Rayne]
12/30/20 TRUMP Campaign Lawyer Cleta MITCHELL sends MEADOWS a copy of the [Political] lawsuit filed against Raffensperger and offered to provide the TRUMP Administration Justice Department with 1,800 pages of exhibits.
Meadows forwards the email to acting TRUMP Administration Attorney General Jeffrey ROSEN.
MEADOWS: “Can you have your team look into these allegations of wrongdoing. Only the alleged fraudulent activity”
It seems like MEADOWS’ full time job in the TRUMP Administration was all POLITICS.
But, I guess that’s to be expected because for 4 years, that was TRUMP’s FULL TIME JOB, too.
Thanks for adding the hashtag!
The memo about Jefferson ignores the changes in the law and the Constitution since that election. (Ought to get McEntee stomped by the court.)
2016 – Trump Campaign
2017 – Trump Administration
2018 – FIRED by Kelly > HIRED by Trump 2020 Campaign
2020 REHIRED by Trump Administration [to be the LOYALTY ENFORCER]
The re-hiring happened literally ON a campaign flight to this Trump Campaign rally in New Hampshire >
8:31 PM · Feb 10, 2020
2/11/20 AP Story: Trump plunges into New Hampshire race, aiming to rattle Dems
2/13/20 2/13/20 https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/1227986295068164097
11:02 AM · Feb 13, 2020
The whole 2/13/20 entry is the Haberman tweet and should be in blockquotes.
5:44 PM · Nov 17, 2021
Marcy points to this line from the MCENTEE Memo on Krebs:
Has broken from White House direction on election security, and has pushed narratives of foreign interference.
6:32 PM · Nov 17, 2021
Hey harpie — did you catch this timeline from Sandy Bachom about the requests for National Guard?
No, I didn’t. Thanks!
Using a Twitter thread and photos/screenshots of what things looked like at each particular time the National Guard was requested is a really great way to depict that timeline.
And she adds in some very good points of reference…like the ending of Trump’s speech.
I’m going to look back at where we spoke about those requests, and see if I can fill out those entries a bit…for one thing, I see we showed 12 requests where she shows 14 >>>
1] I’ll probably also see how the TL fits with the “We’ve Lost the Line” video the NYT put together.
2] Look at Bachom’s tweet #8) at 2:06 PM. That’s a photo of the West Front at that time.
3] The other day, MacFarlane news tweeted an [I think] AMAZING photo of the West Front at 2:00 PM, here:
9:23 PM · Nov 15, 2021
What a perspective! I wish I knew who took that photo, so they could be credited. [Maybe it’s him?]
“We’ve Lost the Line” was reported at 2:28 PM
Thanks for fixing the blockquote!
I also want to get all this coordinated with Marcy’s chart of COMMUNICATIONS between OATHKEEPERS.
I’m adding this new info here, just to get it in before this post closes:
8:10 AM · Nov 20, 2021
From the screenshot:
See this conversation between Ryan Goodman and Marcy:
9:34 AM · Mar 12, 2021
Did the DOD IG talk to KASH PATEL?
Meadows doesn’t have Bannon’s money to engage in a protracted legal battle. The Committee has some incentive to resolve things sooner rather than later. They want to complete their investigation before it drags well into next year. Something will get worked out before a criminal indictment
I’m not sure it will work like that. I think it’s more like this: The Committee is working their way through other types of evidence. Eventually they’ll be able to approach someone like Bannon and say, “You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. If you help us out we’ll give you a deal on which charges we refer to the DOJ.”
I very much doubt the committee has any need to compromise.
Two misdemeanor charges? Not sure the stakes are very high for Bannon. He can drag this out past next Nov. Then good bye Committee.
Nothing is going to happen to Bannon from a criminal perspective, that’s pure wishcasting.
Another great post, Rayne. The ugliness of the Trump cult goes all the way to their very dark souls.
Everyone noticed today that Bannon was wearing three pens in the “3 percenter” formation on his polo shirt placket, right? Signal much? You can see it plain as day in this photo: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/15/trump-ally-steve-bannon-surrenders-on-charges-stemming-from-jan-6.html
Because you know someone at FBI or the USAtty’s office was paying attention — especially if there is chatter online or any activity that coordinates in any way with the surrender-palooza livestream on Facebook today. His defense counsel either wasn’t paying attention, agrees with his white nationalist signaling tendencies or is about to meet what happens when your client drags you into the clown car with him. Unbelievably stupid disrespect to the federal magistrate.
*waves to Marcy, bmaz and Rayne*
CHRISTY!!! How the hell are you?
His lawyer is David Schoen, and trust me he is right at home in the MAGA clown car.
I’m good! I missed who represented him in the article but, yes, Schoen is more than familiar with the clown car. Can’t imagine anyone in the Prettyman courthouse putting up with live-streaming commentary from a criminal defendant, but maybe things have changed since the days when Reggie Walton ran a tighter ship on that sort of thing. If I had to guess, I’d say that will be addressed with counsel sooner rather than later — with particular emphasis on threats issued, veiled or otherwise, on his stupid white supremacy hour podcast.
Howdy! Hope you are doing well!
Christy!! So good to see you here!
Still miss you! Come visit soon!
Getting old is the pits, but I’m otherwise well (and the doctors agree).
My father-in-law used to say that “getting old is not for sissies.” I totally get what he was saying at this point in my life.
My back has Views….
Christy!!!! How the heck are you and yours? Thanks for popping in and pointing that out; I’d only seen photos of him which didn’t include his shirt front. The signaling explains the ugly smugness on his mug.
We’re great! Life is good for all of us at the moment. Brace yourself — The Peanut is a freshman in college. (I know!) I have to say, Bannon looks like he shops at the Beatnik Rejects and Fidel Castro Mystique Boutique, doesn’t he, in all that military surplus and baggy black whatever that is? Just sad.
He looks like he lives on Skid Row somewhere. (I’ve heard it costs a lot of money to maintain that look.)
Billy Joel mentioned something like that outfit in “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me”. You can’t look trashy ’til you spend a lot of money…
However, what’s the read on the judge assigned to Bannon?
Wow! Can’t believe the Peanut is in college! Congratulations! All the best to you and yours!
HOMG a frosh Peanut! How time flies! Welcome to empty nesting – visit here more often!
And yeah, the Bannon couture is sad, but it’s clearly as anarchic as he is.
EDIT: In case Christie comes back to this thread — take a look at the video of Bannon after he surrendered. There’s a clip in this tweet by Ally Samarco. Apparently he “lost” his pens.
Funny you mentioned “lost” his pens. I watched the tv on 3 different channels and I didn’t see the pens. His jacket was partially closed or the reporter’s microphone was in the way or the chyron covered them. I tried Christy Smith’s link and the first 2 hits were for a porn site and a .ru site. I tried an image search for “bannon + surrender” and found it.
Congratulations to the Peanut. With my two I found the best gift to give them was to keep them out of the student loan trap. More expensive at the front, but it has paid off for both of the girls since.
Good to see your name in these threads!
The cnbc website must have updated their link since you posted, because when I click on your link, I do not see the photo nor are the pens visible to me when watching the video at the top of that webpage.
Nevertheless, I see Rayne captured (below your initial comment, and above my comment here) what you are talking about.
From the same or a substitute video, I wonder?
I’m glad I thought to snag the .jpg link when I opened the link Christy shared. I should download a copy just in case. Next time I’ll think to archive the page in the Wayback Machine.
FWIW, the Google machine reveals Bannon has been wearing pens in that manner for years, sometimes with two pens (as seen here, in November 2019, and here, in January of this year.), and sometimes with three (as seen here, in October).
The question I have is where does Bannon fit in the big picture. Is he the linchpin or merely a building block? Will he waste the committee’s time or will he offer some cooperation? If he wanted, he could attempt to be a John Dean, but that’s not in him. Meanwhile it seems he gets counsel money from foreign interests (why?).
The next question is who is the judge and how does he view this situation? Is he another Sirica or is he some right wing shill?
The January 6 Committee’s investigation is looking into the size of each participant’s role. We don’t know yet all the details of Bannon’s efforts, but if the National Archives’ response is any indicator, Bannon is more than a building block. Snapshot from their reply from Just Security’s Ryan Goodman via Twitter:
Thanks, Rayne. I’m sitting here imagining you and Dorothy Parker lighting up a crowded room. But wait…you do that all by yourself!
My mother used to love to tell little snippets of stories about her childhood and early adult life. One was about my father having once had the opportunity to open a taxicab door for Dorothy Parker. LOL.
LOL Nah, I’m just a pudgy grandmotherly-type now, won’t light up anything except a chafing dish of late. If there’s a time and place I could visit in the past it would have been meetings of the Algonquin Round Table with Parker present. I envy the taxicab story.
Will Bannon do a repeat and fund raise off being in contempt of Congress?
“Mr Bannon was arrested and charged with three others in August last year in what is called massive fundraising and money laundering fraud for their role in “We Build The Wall,” a private campaign to raise funds to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.’
“But no, Bannon has to make a big scene because it’s a grift for more money; you know when he said “Stand by,” he will likely elaborate soon saying, ‘Stand by, because I’m going to ask you for help soon,’ and then he’ll point to a link for donations for his legal fund.”
It’s always about grift. Even Trump’s desire for revenge is less powerful than his desire for money:
“ Karl also says that Trump threatened to create his own political party, backing down only when Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, countered by threatening to give away the valuable email list of his 40 million supporters for free — “effectively making it impossible for Trump to make money by renting it out.”
As much as he was in slash and burn mode, Ronna mentions money and his actions quickly change.