Bannon Responds With Fire, Doubles Down on Trump and ‘MAGA’ After Guilty Verdict

Former top political adviser Steve Bannon doubled down following his conviction Friday on two counts of obstructing the Democrat-controlled Congress.

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The onetime top counsel to then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump responded with fire during an appearance on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” telling the host that he’s more committed than ever to the former president.

As he introduced the segment, Carlson noted that on the same day Bannon was convicted, New York authorities released a man who was arrested a day earlier after he lunged at GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin with a sharp object in an attempt to cause him bodily harm, as Zeldin was campaigning for governor.

“A guy who tried to murder a gubernatorial candidate in New York was released with no bail. What are we to make of these two events occurring the same day?” he asked Bannon.

“As you can tell, the Democrats are completely lawless and look how they’ve run this committee,” Bannon said, before he said, “There is no ranking member. There’s no minority counsel. It’s not like the traditional hearings that have galvanized the nation in the past.”

Bannon was referencing the Jan. 6 Committee, which was hand-selected by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The California Democrat also, in an unprecedented manner, refused to allow Republicans to seat their own members, which led House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and other members to declare the panel a politicized sham.

“We need a commission or committee on Jan. 6,” Bannon continued. “It’s got to be with the new Congress, with the Republicans in charge. We’ve got to get to the bottom of the intelligence failures, FBI involvement, DHS involvement, the intelligence services.”

“We’ve got to get to the bottom of it,” he added.

Bannon went on to say that the federal court trying him for refusing to respond to a congressional subpoena from the panel to provide testimony refused to allow him and his lawyers “to mount a defense” and address the issue of “executive privilege,” which is why he and his legal team did not call any witnesses.

“They’re coming at us on every aspect. Look, they’re trying to shut you down,” he told Carlson. “[P]eople have to understand, right now, this is an ideological war, and we cannot lose. The fate of the country is [at stake] over the next couple of years.”

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Bannon pointed to the historical double-standard in prosecuting cases of contempt of Congress – which themselves are rare.

He noted how the past two cases involved Democrats who were ultimately either exonerated or never charged: then-Attorney General Eric Holder over the Fast & Furious gun-running scandal – and ex-IRS employee Lois Lerner during the revenuer’s targeting of conservative and grassroots groups.

The last prosecution of a contempt of Congress citation was against the late G. Gordon Liddy, who was connected to President Richard Nixon, a Republican.

“I would tell the January 6 [Committee] staff right now: Preserve your documents because there’s going to be a real committee. And this is going to be backed by Republican grassroots voters and MAGA to say we want to get to the bottom of this for the good of the nation,” Bannon continued.

“Republicans have to have the stones to put on a real hearing.”

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Bannon then doubled down on his support for the former president after Carlson brought up the prospect of him having to spend time behind bars.

“If I go to jail, I go to jail. I will never back off a second,” Bannon said. “Look, I spent eight years as a naval officer; I’ve committed my life to this program…to get this done. I will never back off. I support Trump and the Constitution and I’m not backing off one inch. If I go to jail, so be it.”

Earlier, Bannon talked about the need to defeat certain members of Congress including some Republicans like Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming), who looks set to lose her GOP primary to Trump-backed Harriet Hageman early next month.