Bannon and Gaetz’s ‘shock troops’ plot is designed to cover up their own crimes: former special counsel
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Attorney General Merrick Garland should investigate Trump adviser Steve Bannon and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) for their comments this week about raising "4,000 shock troops" to take over government jobs and "go after the administrative state," according to one former federal prosecutor.

During Bannon's War Room program on Thursday, Gaetz called for raising "an army of patriots who love this country and will fight for her," so they can "go right after the people who are imposing the vaccine mandates, who are enriching themselves and who are selling out the country."

Bannon agreed, saying that "4,000 shock troops" should be lined up now so they can "hit the beach with the landing teams and the beachhead teams and all that nomenclature they use when President Trump wins in 2024 — or before."

On Friday, MSNBC host Ari Melber played clips from the conversation between Bannon and Gaetz before asking former House and Senate special counsel John Flannery, "How do you distinguish between brazen, pathetic political theater, which is not new in America, and what looks like open and public plotting to mainline authoritarianism?"

"I think it doesn't just look like open plotting," Flannery responded. "It is open plotting."

Gaetz, who's under federal investigation for allegedly sex-trafficking a minor, specifically called for targeting the FBI and the Department of Justice.

"You know, send me over to the Judiciary Committee and their sphincters will tighten because they have been doing a lot of corrupt things over there," Gaetz told Bannon.

"Using his own words, the sphincter muscles that are tight are his and Bannon's," said Flannery, also a former federal prosecutor. "He wants to take over what? The judiciary and the FBI. Why? For self defense. Both of these guys are counting on taking over the government so they won't have to answer for the things they're saying right now, that they've done already, and we expect they'll do again."

He then called on Garland — and the FBI — to take action.

"If I was the attorney general, there'd be a grand jury looking into that conversation and everything before it," Flannery said. "You have to ask yourself, why isn't the FBI visiting each of these men and saying, 'What did you mean?' ... It's not just talk, because they have married up this kind of talk with action before, violent action, and what's happening is we're giving them a free ride to build up their people, their 4,000 storm troopers, for this aggressive takeover that didn't succeed the last time, but they say MAGA will succeed the next time."

Watch below.

Flannery on Bannon and Gaetz