It is now perfectly clear why Steve Bannon chose to face criminal outrage charges for being interrogated by the select committee.
Media Matters reviewed Bannon’s podcast tapes in the days leading up to January 6. The tapes show that Bannon was aware of a secret plan, knew it was going to be historic, unpleasant, a “fight” and that they needed as many people as possible.
The “mix” in the tapes jumps back and forth (in days) surely to emphasize more of the more damaging material near the top.
There is no point in engaging in a pre-analysis except for the fact that the reader is invited to keep in mind that all this, everything, was available to law enforcement and intelligence. Yet the lack of extra protection is not only overwhelming, it must have alerted agencies that some Capitol police could easily be killed on January 5, and have chosen not to come.
This is Bannon with … to indicate jumps in the tape. Real ribbon below:
It won’t happen like you think it will. It will be very different, extraordinarily different. And all I can say is buckle up. The war room, a gang. You made it happen and tomorrow is Game Day.
President Trump’s first term is ending with action, and the second term will start with a BANG. This, we guarantee it …
… And so the struggle is [on]. This is a huge weekend. There will be so much behind the scenes, a huge fight. We are heading towards the sixth of “June” (clearly means January, there was no gathering on June 6th).
There is a lot going on this week. People get excited, people get on fire, people and I are getting angry, as they should.
It just so happened that you and I were on a call last night, it was so brilliant, to go through the facility this week.
(It was January 5th and I anticipated the fight to go to Congress with Pence gone. Remember, Pence refused to get into an intelligence SUV deep inside the Capitol, fearing an intelligence conspiracy.
…“[T]here are a lot of tough men over there and i have seen a few when we had meet over there… They were still reviewing their plans for the day. Like one or two in the morning. I think people are pissed off …
All will converge on January 6th. We just have to impose our will on the opposition.
The two preceding paragraphs are probably the most consequential. In these two paragraphs, Bannon is believed to admit that he foresees a coup.
We are rushing towards something that will be complicated and will be ugly. Nothing could be more turbulent than what happens this week …
… You have to be there, this will be historic, remember that’s how the Republic fell, right? And it became a totalitarian and authoritarian empire. We are in that moment.
We affirm the massive landslide or Donald Trump or we return the constitutional republic to the “Strength…”
“… People do not see the calls, we are using skype around, to see through the fog of war, we must have clarity, that January 6th” would have been “that day …”
In short, he appears to be speaking after the fact, “was”. Instead, it is simply alerting the public on which day they have chosen to move their plan.
“… or one of these great days, January 6 would be that day and you had to make everything converge on January 6.
“… This is a wound that will not heal, we are plunging into a constitutional crisis that will make the impeachment (the first) look like a Sunday picnic …
“This will be a historic day, it will be part of history. We want as many people as possible to get involved. 48 hours away … “
“… 48 hours away from … [indecipherable, Rudy buts in] consequential days in American history. “
And so there it is, an explanation of why Bannon would face a year in prison for criminal contempt by Congress for testifying. The questions he was asked would require a response claiming the fifth amendment, and questions could be asked to obtain information even claiming the fifth. “Can you share what President Trump knew about something that was going to be historic?”
“On the advice of a lawyer, I choose to invoke my fifth amendment right to …”
The other thing that now requires immediate action are the subpoenas of the then director of intelligence, the FBI, NSA, CIA, some military officers from the Pentagon and DOJ. Americans were under the impression that these agencies existed to protect and defend the United States Constitution.
Please never forget Steve Bannon on January 5, 2021 … pic.twitter.com/rIERrbi7qW
– Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) November 13, 2021
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