(FiveNation.com)- After the House voted 229 to 202 to refer Steve Bannon to the Justice Department for contempt of Congress, Bannon’s lawyers have told him not to discuss the case on his podcast.
This is a smart move on the part of his lawyers. Now that there has been a criminal referral to the DOJ, anything Bannon says can be used against him. No sense in giving them more ammunition.
But to find a way around that, Bannon spent the remainder of the week inviting on guests who would discuss it for him.
To that end, on Thursday, Bannon invited Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene on his podcast to discuss the House vote.
Greene expressed anger over the resolution and attacked Republican select committee members Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for celebrating the vote to “hold an innocent American in contempt” for not complying with the subpoena from what she described as the “fake committee.”
Greene expressed anger at what she said were lies they told about Bannon during the debate. She said they lied, not just about Bannon, but also President Trump “and I was disgusted and furious,” Greene said.
Though she was not given the opportunity to speak during the debate on the resolution, Greene told Bannon that she let her feelings known. She told him that she was yelling at members on the House floor. “I let Liz Cheney have it,” she said. But not just Cheney. Greene said she yelled at Adam Schiff as well. Because apparently it isn’t enough of a circus already.
Greene described her tirade, saying she accused them of being a joke, and that, while they ignored the rioting over the summer last year, all they want to talk about is what happened on January 6.
Bannon also invited on former Trump administration staffer Boris Epshteyn, who condemned the House vote and defended Bannon, calling him an “American hero.”
Bannon’s contempt referral is now in the hands of Attorney General Merrick Garland. In his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee last week, Garland said that, in making a determination whether to prosecute, Justice will “apply the facts and the law,” and that the decision would be “consistent with the principles of prosecution.”
If found guilty of contempt of Congress, Bannon could face a year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.