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Appearing on Saturday's "The Cross Connection" with host Tiffany Cross. MSNBC legal analyst Katie Phang predicted Attorney General Merrick Garland's Justice Department would quickly jump on the House criminal referral of Steve Bannon for contempt and that the former Donald Trump adviser is in for a world of hurt.
"How is it that Steve Bannon has the privilege to negotiate if he might want to come and testify?" host Cross asked.
"Well, to your point, there really shouldn't be more than one standard because the law should be blind and apply uniformly no matter who you are, race, gender, creed or color," Phang replied. "In this particular instance, if you're a Republican, you should have joined your nine brethren in voting to support this referral to the DOJ for the contempt proceedings against Bannon because what's good for the goose is good for the gander and in the event -- the very slim, I'm hoping -- event that perhaps Republicans take over, you'd want to enforce your opinions if you're the seat of power."
"But I believe there's going to be a cooked Bannon goose very soon because the DOJ, in its efforts to uniformly apply the law, will, attempt to indict," she continued. "Why? because it was a duly-authorized issued subpoena and Bannon ignored it and there must be consequences if you're going to ignore a duly-issued authorized subpoena."
"But what's the defense that's going to be raised by Steve Bannon?" she elaborated. "Once he's indicted by the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, he's going to raise the defense of executive privilege, which is a very rarely navigated political concept."
"If you do governmental misconduct or there's a crime, you don't get that protection and there's definitely crime here," she added.
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Trump team set up a 'command center' dedicated to overturning the election the week of the Jan 6th riot: report
According to a report in the Washington Post, allies and lawyers employed by Donald Trump set up what was called a "command center" in a Washington D.C. hotel the week of the Jan 6th Capitol riot from which they coordinated efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
The report states that the center headquartered at the Willard Hotel became home to Rudy Giuliani, Steve Bannon and John Eastman -- the attorney behind the now notorious "coup memo -- among others.
According to the report, while the "Stop the Steal" rally and the ensuing riot was the most visible effort to stop the certification, "...an emerging picture of a less visible effort, mapped out in memos by a conservative pro-Trump legal scholar and pursued by a team of presidential advisers and lawyers seeking to pull off what they claim was a legal strategy to reinstate Trump for a second term," at the hotel.
"They sought to make the case to Pence and ramp up pressure on him to take actions on Jan. 6 that Eastman suggested were within his powers, three people familiar with the operation said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations," the Post is reporting. "Their activities included finding and publicizing alleged evidence of fraud, urging members of state legislatures to challenge Biden's victory and calling on the Trump-supporting public to press Republican officials in key states."
Sources told the WaPo that work was intense at the command center, "... leading up to and even extending beyond 1 p.m. on Jan 6."
"In those first days in January, from the command center, Trump allies were calling members of Republican-dominated legislatures in swing states that Eastman had spotlighted in his memos, including Pennsylvania, Georgia and Arizona, encouraging them to convene special sessions to investigate fraud and to reassign electoral college votes from Biden to Trump, two of the people familiar with the operation said," the report notes.
The report goes on to add, " [Bernard] Kerik and Giuliani set up shop in Washington in early November at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, according to Kerik, and in the third week in December moved to the Willard, closer to the White House. The Willard attracted many pro-Trump figures around that time, including 'Stop the Steal' provocateur Roger Stone. Stone was not part of the Giuliani team at the Willard and did not participate in the team's efforts, according to the three people with knowledge of the matter."
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Florida officials beg Republicans to stop talking about the 'stolen 'election' as death threats pour in: report
According to a report from Orlando Weekly, the Florida Supervisors of Elections association issued a panicky memo on Wednesday begging GOP officeholders and candidates to stop talking about Donald Trump's election loss as if it was stolen.
With Republicans trying to stay on the former president's good side by either echoing his unfounded claims or saying nothing at all, election officials in Florida just wish it would all go away so they will stop receiving death threats despite the fact that Trump won the state.
The memo stated, "The Great American Experiment, our cherished democracy, is under threat. Our nation is only as strong as the faith our citizens have that their voice, their vote, has a say in our government. In this hour, public trust in our elections is being systematically undermined, to the detriment of all Americans," before adding the supervisors "continuously strive to debunk false claims, and ensure voters have access to accurate election information."
"Many of us have been threatened by our fellow citizens who have been led astray by these deceptions," it continued before asking officials to "tone down the rhetoric and stand up for our democracy."
As Orlando Weekly's Dara Kam wrote, "The statement from supervisors in a state in which Trump handily defeated his Democratic challenger by more than three percentage points —- a landslide by Florida standards —- comes as elections officials in various parts of the country are receiving death threats, quitting their posts or facing calls for 'audits' to revisit the outcome of the 2020 presidential race."
According to Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett, a former Republican senator from Bradenton, "The fraud that they're talking about is very dangerous for our country because people lose faith in the system. The old adage, you tell a lie, you tell it big enough and long enough, it becomes true. And that really bothers me. It bothers me as a former member of the Legislature. Certainly it bothers me as a veteran. I just hate it."
You can read more here.
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