Remember when Kim Clement said “Strange July, Strange July”?
Well, you’re living in it and it’s about to get a lot weirder.
And weird is good, at least when you’re covering the news.
Steve Bannon had his house raided by a SWAT team earlier this week.
If you missed that story, details are here:
It's more in the continuing harassment by our Federal Government of anyone related to Trump.
Remember when they raided Roger Stone's house in the middle of the night and hauled him out in his boxers?
With, I believe, over 15 armed gunmen?
The same treatment continues.
Bannon has thus far refused to testify to the January 6 "Unselect Committee" due to President Trump claiming Executive Privilege.
Today President Trump waived that privilege and released a letter he sent to Bannon.
Take a look:
Whoa - the letter from Trump to the Jan 6 Committee about Steve Bannon has just dropped
— Jack Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) July 10, 2022
Here's the letter:
Trumps letter to Bannon. pic.twitter.com/MvwGR8dpXY
— PatrioticBabe 🇺🇸 (@PatrioticBabe_) July 10, 2022
And a zoom in to read better:
Trump’s letter to Bannon.
The Legend writes the Honey Badger… pic.twitter.com/7EwriUIm3S
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) July 10, 2022
And Bannon has already agreed now to testify according to CNBC:
Trump ally Steve Bannon reportedly agrees to testify before Jan. 6 committee https://t.co/WBK3YeO1mj
— CNBC (@CNBC) July 10, 2022
Steve Bannon told the House committee that’s investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection that he is willing to testify, preferably at a public hearing.
Bannon, a one-time advisor to former President Donald Trump, had been set to go on trial next week on criminal contempt charges for refusing to cooperate with the congressional probe of the Capitol riot.
Bannon’s lawyer argued at the time that he was adhering to the assertion of executive privilege that had been claimed by Trump, which allegedly barred Bannon from providing the materials requested by the select committee.
But Trump on Saturday sent a letter to Bannon that waived executive privilege, though the House select committee and federal prosecutors said executive privilege never served as an argument for noncompliance with a congressional subpoena.
“When you first received the Subpoena to testify and provide documents, I invoked Executive Privilege. However, I watched how unfairly you and others have been treated, having to spend vast amounts of money on legal fees, and all of the trauma you must be going through for the love of your Country, and out of respect for the Office of the President,” Trump wrote in the letter.
“Therefore, if you reach an agreement on a time and place for your testimony, I will waive Executive Privilege for you, which allows you to go in and testify truthfully and fairly,” Trump added.
Call me a conspiracy theorist, but you have to wonder if this is Trump playing the "Unselects" one more time.
Play hard to get and then suddenly change up and release your objection.
If Trump had pressed for his guys to testify, Pencil Dick errrrrr sorry, Pencil "Neck" Adam Schiff would have thrown a fit and said no.
So how do you get what you want?
The same way you do with a 5 year old who's brain hasn't fully developed yet.
You just run reverse psychology.
You put up a big fight and then you suddenly drop your objection and get what you wanted from the beginning.
Hey, no one ever said the "Unselects" were smart...
Here's more from the AP:
Bannon’s turnabout was conveyed in a letter late Saturday from his attorney, lawmakers said, as the committee prepares to air some of its most striking revelations yet this week against Trump in what may be its final set of hearings.
“I expect that we will be hearing from him and there are many questions that we have for him,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif. She and other committee members said in television interviews Sunday they intend to have Bannon sit for a private interview, which they typically conduct in a deposition with sworn testimony.
Bannon had been one of the highest-profile Trump-allied holdouts in refusing to testify before the committee, leading to two criminal counts of contempt of Congress last year for resisting the committee’s subpoena. He has argued that his testimony is protected by Trump’s claim of executive privilege. The committee contends such a claim is dubious because Trump had fired Bannon from the White House in 2017 and Bannon was thus a private citizen when he was consulting with the then-president in the run-up to the riot on Jan. 6, 2021.
Still, in recent days, as the former president grew frustrated with what he decried as a one-sided presentation by the committee of seven Democrats and two Republicans, Trump said he would waive that privilege claim, according to a letter Saturday to Bannon’s lawyer.