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Good Day For Crooks and Scumbags   Bannon Will Be Back — 
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former US President Donald T-RUMP granted clemency to former White House aide Steve Bannon as part of a wave of pardons and commutations issued in his final hours in office, but did not pardon himself, members of his family or lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Could be a mistake

Trump left office on Wednesday when Joe Biden was sworn in as the nation’s next president. White House officials had argued to Trump that he should not pardon himself or his family because it might look like they are guilty of crimes, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Bannon, who was a key adviser in Trump’s 2016 presidential run, was charged last year with swindling the president’s own supporters over an effort to raise private funds to build the president’s wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. He has pleaded not guilty.

“Bannon has been an important leader in the conservative movement and is known for his political acumen,” the White House said in a statement.  Scumbags support other scumbags even if they are the target… How Nazi can you get?  He could be compared to Himmler or Goebbels…

White House officials had advised Trump against pardoning Bannon. The two men have lately rekindled their relationship as Trump sought support for his unproven claims of voter fraud, an official familiar with the situation said.  Now Bannon could bring him down if he tells the truth but most likely will lie or take the fifth.

Bannon Subpoenaed (CNN)  —  The committee investigating the January 6 riot at the US Capitol has released its contempt report on former President Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon, a document that outlines the efforts the committee took to get Bannon to comply with its subpoena -- and the failure by him to do so.

This report is the subject of a Tuesday business meeting to be held by the committee, which marks the first step in a series of moves that needs to be taken in order to move forward with holding Bannon in criminal contempt for not complying with the subpoena.

The criminal contempt report lays out all the correspondence between the committee and Bannon, revealing new details about what happened the day of his scheduled deposition and making his full subpoena publicly available for the first time.

Throughout the report, the committee makes the case for why Bannon's claim of executive privilege does not hold up and lays out the legal argument for why he must comply with the subpoena.

Trump sues to keep White House records secret, claiming executive privilege

"Mr. Bannon has relied on no legal authority to support his refusal to comply in any fashion with the subpoena," the report states.

The committee starts out by noting that executive privilege has not been officially invoked, and that there has been no communication with Trump over its invocation.

"The Select Committee has not been provided with any formal invocation of executive privilege by the President, the former President or any other employee of the executive branch," the report says.

The committee also argues that Bannon was a private citizen during the period in which it is seeking information. "The law is clear," the report states, "that executive privilege does not extend to discussions between the President and private citizens relating to non-governmental business or among private citizens."

The report adds that "at no point during the time period under investigation by the Select Committee was Mr. Bannon a government employee, much less a key White House adviser in the Office of the President."

The committee also argues that much of what it is seeking from Bannon does not involve his conversations with Trump and therefore should not be shielded. 

Subpoena Released In Full  —  The report provides a detailed accounting of the select committee's requests for documents and communications dating to April 1, 2020.  The subpoena lists 17 key areas of investigation and specifically directs Bannon to produce any permits and documents related to planning, financing, objectives and communications for the pro-Trump January 6 rally on the National Mall and Capitol complex grounds.

The requested documents include correspondence with former Trump aide Boris Epshteyn; copies of his podcasts in which he discusses false claims of election fraud or the rally; communications with Trump regarding January 6 and -- more specifically -- communications the two may have had on December 30; and communications with key Trump allies such as John Eastman, Jenna Ellis, Michael Flynn, Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani. 

The committee asks Bannon to provide any communications with far-right extremist groups the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers and Three Percenters, as well as InfoWars creator Alex Jones.  On October 7, seven hours after Bannon was to provide documents to the committee, the report outlines that Bannon's lawyer, Robert J. Costello, sent a letter to the committee explaining that his client refused to comply with the committee's subpoena. Costello cited a letter from Trump's counsel, Justin Clark, that instructed Bannon to not comply with the subpoena until a deal on executive privilege had been worked out.

"The two-page letter contained only conclusory statements, no legal analysis, and approximately half of it purported to quote from the letter of October 6, 2021, from the counsel to Mr. Trump," the contempt report states.

Related Coverage — And Prominent Allies  — The pardon power, which comes from the U.S. Constitution, is one of the broadest available to a president. While pardons are typically given to people who have been prosecuted, pardons can cover conduct that has not yet resulted in legal proceedings.

A pardon is not reviewable by other branches of government and the president does not have to give a reason for issuing one. But the pardon power is not absolute; it only applies to federal crimes.

Bannon, 67, is the latest prominent political ally to receive clemency from Trump, who has often used the powers of the executive branch to reward loyalists and punish his enemies.

Trump previously pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI about his conversation with the former Russian ambassador, and he commuted the prison term for Roger Stone, who was convicted of lying to Congress during its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The former executive chairman and co-founder of the right-wing news outlet Breitbart, Bannon is credited as being the architect behind the rise of “America First” right-wing populism. Also related to Qanon.  

He was a key influencer behind some of Trump’s staunch anti-immigration policies in the early days of Trump’s presidency, as well as the border wall that was one of Trump’s key campaign promises.   He was fired from his post at the White House in August 2017.

Bannon can still be charged with fraud by New York state prosecutors, said Daniel R. Alonso, a former prosecutor now at the Buckley law firm. Fraud prosecutions are frequently brought by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Alonso added.