Indicted Trump ally Steve Bannon on Wednesday ranted about the fact that President Joe Biden said that there were five Republican senators who told him in secret they wanted to support him, but couldn't do so out of fear of facing primary challenges by pro-Trump candidates.
During his daily "War Room" podcast, Bannon said he was not surprised to learn that five GOP senators secretly harbored anti-Trump thoughts.
"The five traitors -- and this is the scumbags and slimeballs you have here in the nation's capital -- he got five Republican senators have told him they agree with what he's doing," Bannon fumed. "They agree with what he's doing and they would vote and support him, but they're afraid of, wait for it, the War Room Posse."
Bannon then called on these five senators to publicly identify themselves while also speculating that Sen. Lindsey Graham was one of them.
"Have enough guts to step up and tell us, Lindsey Graham, who you are," he said. "We need you guys to step up to the plate, Lindsey Graham!"
Watch the video below.
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On Wednesday, in an 8-1 decision, the Supreme Court rejected former President Donald Trump's effort to block the release of presidential papers from the National Archives to the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection — bringing an end to a heated legal battle and giving the committee a major win.
The decision promptly triggered reactions from legal and political scholars. Former Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe praised the decision, calling it "huge."
Supreme Court gets one right: It won\u2019t block release by National Archives of the mass of presidential papers sought by the Jan 6 committee that Trump moved heaven and earth to keep hidden. THIS IS HUGE.— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe) 1642634203
Former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance similarly praised the decision, although she expressed surprise at the reasoning the Court stated in its decision.
SCOTUS cleared the way for release of Trump papers 8-1, altho it oddly bases its ruling on the point that even if Trump was incumbent POTUS, release would have still been proper, explicitly rejecting the Ct of App's analysis of former presidents' rights https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf/21a272_9p6b.pdf\u00a0\u2026https://twitter.com/JoyceWhiteVance/status/1474077266669932550\u00a0\u2026— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene) 1642634541
American Bridge attorney Brad Moss sardonically referenced the fact that former Trump is unlikely to pay the lawyers who represented him in the failed suit.
I sure hope Trump\u2019s lawyers demanded payment upfront. They\u2019re definitely not getting paid now.— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss) 1642634488
Political scholar Norm Ornstein, meanwhile, took aim at Justice Clarence Thomas — the lone dissenting justice — for not recusing himself from the case, given his wife's public support for the Capitol insurrectionists as the attack was unfolding.
The fact that Clarence Thomas continues to fail to recuse himself, given the activities of his wife that are directly related to the insurrection, is mind-bogglinghttps://twitter.com/mjs_dc/status/1483941331995176965\u00a0\u2026— Norman Ornstein (@Norman Ornstein) 1642634366
Yale Law School professor Scott Shapiro joked on Twitter that he wondered if there was a "legal claim so absurd that even Clarence Thomas wouldn’t dissent."
FBI agents reportedly searched the Laredo, Texas home of Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) on Wednesday afternoon.
"At Cuellar’s home, located in the 8200 block of Estate Drive, federal vehicles were seen with cases and other items taken from the congressman’s home as agents filed in and out of the residence Wednesday afternoon," MyRGV.com reported.
An FBI spokesperson did not say what the agency was investigating.
“The FBI was present in the vicinity of Windridge Drive and Estate Drive in Laredo conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity,” FBI spokesperson Roseanne Hughes said in a statement. “The FBI cannot provide further comment on an ongoing investigation.”
Cuellar's office issued a statement saying, "Congressman Cuellar will fully cooperate in any investigation. He is committed to ensuring that justice and the law are upheld.”
Valerie Gonzalez, a reporter for MyRGV.com, said that as of 6:45 p.m. Eastern time, FBI agents were "still in an around the home."
"Some more showed up a few moments ago," Gonzalez wrote on Twitter alongside photos of Cuellar's home. "Can’t see what’s happening inside but some agents came outside with a clipboard and camera to snap pics of the two trucks out front."
"Not sure if anyone is home, but the dogs are watching," she added.
Cuellar, a moderate who has represented Texas' 28th district since 2005, is facing a challenge from progressive attorney Jessica Cisneros in this year's primary.
FBI still present at the home of Rep. Henry Cuellar\u2019s in Laredo. https://twitter.com/monitornews/status/1483935090820460544\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/N8rGyZVpNz— Valerie Gonzalez (@Valerie Gonzalez) 1642633851