Trial against a former consultant begins
Trump is hoping for Bannon
By Volker Petersen
Trump’s former chief strategist, Bannon, is on trial Monday for refusing to testify before the Capitol storming commission on January 6, 2021. But Trump personally asked him to cooperate. Why?
As always, when Stephen Bannon makes headlines, it’s actually Donald Trump. The former president’s “chief strategist” has been tried since Monday. He faces up to two years in prison and a six-figure fine. Plaintiff: In September of last year, Bannon ignored the call of the commission of inquiry into the storm on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021. Meanwhile, he has agreed to testify. However, this concession came too late. He could no longer escape this process.
Both Bannon’s refusal to testify and his change of opinion concerned his former boss. Bannon argued that Trump had banned him from cooperating with the committee by means of an “executive charter.” It is the President’s right to prohibit employees from making such statements. This fits in with the Republican strategy of boycotting the commission and portraying the hearings as a politically motivated show trial of Democrats and Republicans critical of Trump. Bannon’s appeal to an “executive charter” was bold as he no longer officially worked for Trump. In 2017, he fell out of favor and left the White House.
However, in the years that followed, Bannon returned to the favor of the president. In the wake of the riots on January 6, he was again very close to Trump. The members of the commission of inquiry assume that he knew in advance that something could happen. The day before January 6, he said in his podcast that all hell would break loose in Washington.
Also on January 5, Bannon was at the Willard Hotel in Washington, where Trump allies tried to convince Republican lawmakers to fight the election results. Mother Jones recently released an audio file in which Bannon should be heard a few days before the 2020 presidential election. “What Trump is going to do is proclaim victory. Truth? He will announce victory. But that doesn’t mean he’s a winner, ”said Bannon.
Investigation Commission “Kangur Court”
The fact that Bannon now wants to testify before the commission of inquiry also goes back to Trump. In the letter, the former president gave his adviser explicit consent: “When you received the summons to testify and hand over the documents, I invoked the executive privileges. But now I can see how unfairly you and others have been treated. ” So now he will let him testify, wrote Trump, and adorned his statements with insults. He described the investigative commission as a “kangaroo court,” a paraphrase of an alleged show trial.
But why did Trump put the Bannon on a leash first and then let him go? The New York Times reports, citing Trump’s entourage, that he is frustrated that the January 6 hearings only criticize him. It is becoming increasingly clear in the live broadcasts that Trump was actually planning a coup. Revelations like Cassidy Hutchinson, White House employees, are also personally unfavorable to Trump, who has testified that she once threw her plate and food against a wall. He was dissatisfied with the TV interview with the Minister of Justice. Ketchup was running down the wall, shards were lying on the floor.
It is quite possible that such images offend Trump’s vanity and that he would like to hear other voices as well. But he should also be concerned that the hearings could harm his position in the party. She is still the dominant figure, but there are cracks in the facade. Trump-backed candidates suffered major defeats in the pre-election pre-elections in November or in the race for governorate. In Georgia, for example, Republican governor Brian Kemp managed to be re-elected despite Trump battling him and putting forward an opposing candidate.
There are doubts about Trump
A recent study by the New York Times found that nearly half of Republicans (49 percent) would vote for Trump to run again in the presidential election. The hearings on 6 January can play a role in this. It’s also a fact that 85 percent of Republicans in another Times poll said they would vote for Trump if he became his party’s candidate again. However, some observers see his influence over the party diminishing. Whether this is really the case, no one knows for sure. But the mere fact that Trump has doubts hurts him.
Bannon now wants to testify himself live in front of television cameras. However, the inquiry committee dismisses this. It is officially said that the scheduled one-hour detailed study cannot be done live on TV. It can be true. It would also be likely that expert rhetoric Bannon would not want a big scene.
The question now is how much of his knowledge he will share with a Trump advisor. He may refuse to talk about certain things, possibly because he blames himself. It is possible that the hopes of the Committee will not be met. Bannon said Monday night, “It is time for you to listen to other witnesses who are giving a different testimony from the testimony they have given so far.” When the time comes, Trump will be watching with interest.