It has been more than 2 weeks since the House issued a resolution of contempt against Steve Bannon. However, this has raised concerns over Merrick Garland, the Attorney General’s, inability to take action. Liberals are questioning why Garland is yet to charge Bannon with a case of criminal contempt for defying the 6th January Committee.
How Much Longer Will Merrick Garland Wait?
On Friday, a strategist for the Democratic Party, Kurt Bardella tweeted wondering how Steve Bannon has not been arrested yet. The viewpoint is not uncommon among the liberals on Twitter. A group of liberals has even asked Merrick Garland to hand in his resignation. They suggested that Garland’s unwillingness to take action means he should step down.
However, Merrick Garland as well as the Department of Justice has not commented on the matter so far. Garland had stated that his Justice Department will follow the usual procedure in the case of Bannon. They will look at the law and the facts and arrive at a decision that will agree with the prosecution’s principles. This statement was delivered to the Committee of the House Judiciary on the day Bannon was charged with contempt by the House.
President Biden, meanwhile, has repeatedly claimed that there will be interference from his part in the proceedings of the Department of Justice. However, shortly after Bannon was held in contempt, Biden stated that he thinks the Department of Justice should prosecute people like Bannon who have denied 6th January subpoenas.
Shortly afterward, the Department of Justice gave an official statement where they emphasized their independence and that their decisions are always only based on the law and the facts. As such, Merrick Garland is stuck between a rock and a hard place: on one hand, liberals are demanding for Bannon to be arrested; on the other side, he should keep the Department of Justice outside of any allegations of acting under political influences.