With just days before jury selection is set to begin in Steve Bannon’s contempt trial, former President Donald Trump has made a rather enormous legal maneuver in favor of his former advisor.
Bannon had originally resisted a subpoena from the January 6th select committee out of fear that his testimony could run afoul of Trump’s claims of executive privilege. In doing so, Bannon was slapped with a contempt charge by the committee, exposing their entrapment scheme for all the nation to see.
Now, however, Trump is rescinding his executive privilege claim for Bannon, thus allowing the conservative media mogul to speak freely and honestly during any potential testimony.
Former White House strategist Steve Bannon has said he’s “willing” to testify before the House Jan. 6 committee after receiving a letter from former President Donald Trump stating that he would waive his claim of executive privilege, according to two letters obtained by NBC News on Sunday.
Trump was his usual bombastic self in his letter.
In the letter to Bannon, Trump said that Bannon had been treated “unfairly,” had been forced to “spend vast amounts of money on legal fees” and would therefore waive claims of executive privilege, which have been disputed, if Bannon agrees to a time and place to testify.
“I will waive Executive Privilege for you, which allows for you to go in and testify truthfully and fairly, as per the request of the Unselect Committee of political Thugs and Hacks, who have allowed no Due Process, no Cross-Examination, and no real Republican members or witnesses to be present or interviewed. It is a partisan Kangaroo Court,” the letter says.
The committee has two areas of focus for Bannon: A hotel meeting that he was present at the night before January 6th’s attempted insurrection, and a December 30th phone call with then-President Trump.