Steve Bannon Is All Bluff and No Bluster

Philip H

Philip H is an oceanographer who makes his way in the world trying to use more autonomy to sample and thus understand the world's ocean. He's a proud federal scientist, husband, father, woodworker and modelrailroader. The son of a historian and public-school teacher and the nephew and grandson of preachers, he believes one of his greatest marks on the world will be the words he leaves behind. To that end he writes here at OT and blogs very occasionally at District of Columbia Dispatches. Philip's views are definitely his own, and in no way reflect the official or unofficial position of any agency he works for now or has worked for in his career. If you disagree, take it up with him, not Congress.

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  1. Dark Matter
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    If memory serves, Bannon’s lawyer had the problem that the Judge wouldn’t let him lie in court.

    “I would like to argue X as a defense”.
    “X isn’t a defense, you can’t argue it”.
    “How about Y?”
    “Same.”
    “Z?”
    “Ditto”.
    “…what am I supposed to argue here?”
    “Not my problem”.Report

    • Philip H in reply to Dark Matter
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      There is that.

      I’ll be fascinated to see how this plays out for Peter Navarro who is similarly charged.Report

    • Michael Cain in reply to Dark Matter
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      My understanding is the main legal strategy is to appeal to the Supremes, who will hold that the subject of the subpoena does indeed fall under executive privilege, so Bannon didn’t/doesn’t have to respond to it.Report

      • Philip H in reply to Michael Cain
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        I don’t see how that will work because Bannon was subpoenaed to testify about things he did well after leaving the WH. Not that it will make a difference I suppose, but there’s also a ton of precedent that congressional subpoena’s are valid and you have to respond to them.

        Interesting times to be sure.Report

        • Dark Matter in reply to Philip H
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          The idea is to drag the process out for about 10 years and let him die of old age before he spends any time in prison.

          Or maybe to get Trump back in the WH and get a pardon.Report

          • Philip H in reply to Dark Matter
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            I believe he hoped he could drag the trail past the mid-terms so the subpoena would be quashed with a change in House control. His problem is the DoJ can and will continue prosecution and appeals until the WH changes . . . . And Trump didn’t pardon him on the way out, so expecting one now or later seems to be a bit of folly.Report

  2. InMD
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    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.Report

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