Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) is sure that the recent indictment of Steve Bannon, a close Trump ally, will persuade others to collaborate with the select committee looking into the January 6 insurrection. He said that after Steve Bannon’s indictment, others will realize that if they refuse to cooperate and refuse to fulfill their duty if subpoenaed, they too could invite prosecution.
He said that even before any move by the DOJ, it dissuaded others from following in the footsteps of Steve Bannon, Rep. Adam Schiff said in an interview with NBC.
He said that witnesses have now realized that if those subpoenaed don’t fulfill their duty as Steve Bannon had done when subpoenaed, they face indictment and that will strongly influence the decision-making process.
Schiff viewed it as a prompt test to determine if the recovery of democracy was on the right path. He said that the law has to be equally applicable if it is to retain its standing. He said that the Justice Department was going about it the right way.
Steve Bannon’s Case Extreme As He Has Even Refused To Appear Before Committee
The DOJ has charged Steve Bannon, the former adviser to Trump, with a double count of contempt. The House had last month referred Bannon for prosecution by the Justice Department after he declined to testify and provide documents to investigators pursuing the January 6 riots on Capitol Hill.
Rep. Schiff is among the 9 members comprising the committee formed to look into the January 6 riots. The committee is headed by Democrat Representative from Mississippi, Bennie Thompson.
The indictment of Bannon was a key win for the January 6 committee as he ignored the subpoena and stonewalled investigations.
The Committee acted quickly to indict Steve Bannon, a process that normally takes months at times for Justice Department lawyers, according to those acquainted with the procedure.
Bannon’s case is extreme as contempt charges are seldom leveled and hardly lead to prosecution. His refusal to even stand before the Committee will lead to questions of executive privilege for people like Steve Bannon, who are external advisers.