'He's at the center of this riot': MSNBC's Morning Joe nails Steve Bannon for trying to 'overthrow the US government'
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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough accused Steve Bannon of playing a central role in planning and carrying out the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Bannon has been referred to the Justice Department for contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena, and new reporting suggests he played a key role in the "command center" set up at the Willard Hotel, where he was joined by Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik and conservative legal scholar John Eastman.

"Well, he exhausted all possibilities, that made all the difference in the world because the former vice president who he had known and looked up to -- there is nothing you can do, you have one option and that one option is to go ahead and certify the votes," Scarborough said. "You don't have the power, you do not have it. This is after Mike Pence made that fateful decision and following the Constitution of United States of America. It set the Willard 'war room' ablaze. They were angry trying to figure out what they could do and therein lies the importance of Steve Bannon and the reason why Steve Bannon is ignoring a subpoena and defying a congressional subpoena."

"He's at the center, and it looks like he's at the center of this riot," Scarborough added. "He predicts the riot, he plans the riot and he's planning the riot with Rudy Giuliani and everybody else around him. Let's just get this straight -- a little bit of silence here. What he's planning to do, what's Donald Trump planning to do? They're planning to overthrow the United States government by overturning a peaceful election for the first time in the history of the United States of America. That's what Steve Bannon and Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani were in the middle of."

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