The full House of Representatives is currently debating, and will voter later today, on whether to refer criminal contempt charges against former Trump aide Steve Bannon.
The vote will be almost strictly partisan, with Democrats virtually unanimous in support of holding Bannon in contempt, and Republicans, with only a couple of notable exceptions, opposing the charge.
We are a nation of laws, or still say we are. Complying with lawful subpoenas is foundational to our legal system and principles.
This should not be a “tribal” matter, and the purely partisan divide that will be reflected in this vote is both shameful and depressing.
Bannon has no legal standing for refusing to provide the testimony and documents subpoenaed by the January 6 Select Committee. His claim of executive privilege is laughable, as is a similar claim by his former boss, Donald Trump. Trump is no longer an “executive.” Bannon never was.
January 6 was one of the darkest days, if not the very darkest, in our nation’s history. It was in fact an attempted coup. Any American, regardless of party, should not only want to get to the bottom of this, but demand that we do so.
And speaking of embarrassments, take Arizona Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema. Please.
Five members of her advisory board, all military veterans, have resigned from their unpaid positions. The quintet cites Sinema’s reluctance to protect voting rights, her failure to support prescription drug negotiations, as well as what they say is her obstructionism toward President Biden’s Build Back Better initiative. In a letter, they accuse Sinema of being more beholden to big donors than to her constituents. “We shouldn’t have to buy representation from you,” they wrote.
Evidence suggests they are right, and that their resignations on principle are warranted.