The Hill reports that Griftenführer Steve “Two-Shirts” Bannon will stand trial on contempt of Congress charges starting July 18. The prosecution, which said it would need only one day to present its case, wanted to start the trial in April. (Why not next Tuesday? No idea.) The defense asked for an October trial date. (For obvious reasons.)
As rotten luck would have it, the judge is a Trump appointee. Here’s his rationale for settling on July:
U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols said during a pretrial hearing that while he was not convinced by federal prosecutors’ efforts to accelerate the schedule, he did not believe that a trial should wait for nearly a year, as Bannon’s defense team had argued.
The judge acknowledged that his trial schedule is “still a long time in the arc of a criminal case” but said it’s necessary to address the legal and constitutional challenges that Bannon’s lawyers have vowed to raise.
Whatever, Judge Jeanine.
But seriously, folks, how long can it take to determine that executive privilege resides with the executive, who is now Joe Biden, and that even if, Odin forbid, Trump were still president, Bannon hadn’t worked in the White House since the summer of 2017 — three years and change before the incident being investigated?
What legal and constitutional challenges could the Bannon clowns possibly raise that would merit a response more complicated than “the fuck you say”? This sounds like one of the scenarios where the law is an ass. Justice delayed in this instance will almost surely be justice denied.
In Bannon’s podcast, which is probably called “Feudalism Now!,” the shuffling, cold sore-encrusted dandruff flake talks big about turning the tables on the January 6th committee and ransacking documents in the Biden White House, bragging “they picked on the wrong guy!” But his con artistry since the White House gig has been decidedly of the “Velvet Elvis” caliber, so I rather doubt the administration is quaking in its wingtips at the likes of him.