‘Bannon is up to his eyeballs’: Watergate’s John Dean reveals why his testimony could implicate Trump
Former White House counsel John Dean explained why it is so important for the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. to interview Steve Bannon.
Dean, who was disbarred after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice in the Watergate scandal that drove Richard Nixon from office, offered his analysis in an interview with CNN's Jim Acosta.
"I think we have to be careful about what inferences we draw from non-appearance or non-testimony but, I think Bannon is up to his eyeballs," Dean said. "I think he's a vital witness."
"I think he could lead to Trump or those closest to trump and I do believe that the indications are that Trump is much more involved in this whole thing than we think he was," Dean said.
"Do you think this committee will ultimately get access to the documents and testimony they want and if so, by the time the next election rolls around?" Acosta asked. "Every cynic in Washington is just shaking their heads and saying no."
"Well, it's a good question," Dean replied. 'Trump has been as good a president as any to obfuscate and delay and do it with some success. I don't have a crystal ball as to how this is going to come out."
"I think this committee is determined. I hope, Jim, they get their act together and use the power they do this, which is inherent contempt powers. In 1934, the Senate sent the sergeant at arms down to get an assistant secretary of commerce and put him in jail, put him in the Willard [Hotel] for ten days until he agreed to cooperate. That's still good law," he explained. There's Supreme court rulings back as early as 1821 that the House could do this. I think they should and I think they should do it next week, if you will."
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CNN anchor Jim Acosta lectured Republicans on Saturday for creating a situation where Donald Trump can destroy their electoral hopes in the 2022 midterm elections.
Acosta noted Trump's support for Republican Glenn Youngkin, who is running for governor of Virginia in November's election.
"Youngkin has made the non-issue of election integrity a big part of his campaign, even though there was integrity in the last election, it's just that Trump lost," Acosta noted. "But as one Trump adviser told me recently, the GOP is now being held hostage by the former president who is threatening sabotage if he doesn't get what he wants."
Acosta read a statement that Trump issued on Wednesday.
"If we don't solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans will not be voting in '22 or '24. It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do," Trump argued.
Acosta noted Trump is now fundraising off of his statement.
"Grifting on his hostage taking," is how Acosta described it.
"Republican operatives are privately grumbling that Trump is repeating what he did in the last Georgia senate race, encouraging his supporters to stay home and helping Democrats capture the senate. If it happens again next year, democrats will keep control of Congress," Acosta explained.
He suggested Trump warned Republicans he would eventually turn on them, playing a clip of a 2017 rally where he told the parable of a woman who was poisoned by a snake, with the snake noting that she knew he was a snake.
Acosta said, "with Trump, of course, this is not a poem, it's projection."
"Trump's political career would have ended had Republicans just finally given up on him after January 6th. Instead, they took in that half frozen snake and they gave him another chance. In return, Trump is threatening to poison the party once again," Acosta said. "A lesson, not just for Republicans, but the rest of the country. Letting tTump off the hook would almost certainly breathe new life into his chances for 2024. As the snake warned all of us, 'You knew I was a snake before you took me in.'"
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Vance was one of five Senate candidates in Ohio who spoke at a Northeast Hamilton County Republican Club pancake breakfast on Saturday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
"Vance praised the keynote speaker for the event, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Cameron's handling of the investigation has sparked controversy. No police officers were charged with Taylor's death and only one officer faced charges of wanton endangerment for shooting into a neighbor's house," the newspaper reported.
Vance did not mention Taylor by name, but the newspaper reported it seemed clear he was talking about her killing.
"It was a shootout with an unfortunate outcome and very few national Republicans were honest about it," Vance said. "Everybody was apologizing for it. Everybody was sort of defensively accepting the idea that the police were at fault."
"We need somebody who is just honest about the fact that what happens when a violent criminal opens fire on the police is that the police should open fire back to protect our people and to protect our communities," Vance argued.
Former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, former Ohio Republican Chair Jane Timken, car dealer Bernie Moreno, and investment banker Mike Gibbons also addressed the Ohio Republican Pancake Breakfast.
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) and former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau senior advisor Morgan Harper are seeking the Democratic Party nomination.
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