If it wasn’t clear before that President Joe Biden’s Justice Department is willing to go out of its way to spend time targeting associates of former President Donald Trump, it most certainly is now.
According to Politico, after failing to comply with a congressional subpoena last month, former Trump adviser Steve Bannon was referred by the House to the DOJ for a possible indictment — an indictment that was handed down this week in a stunning development.
Bannon was hammered with two counts of contempt of Congress after he defied the Democrat-led Jan. 6 commission — a committee assembled by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, which many believe is nothing more than theater for Democrats to use in a desperate attempt to save face in the 2022 midterm elections.
After refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas for testimony and for documents and other records related to his involvement — whatever that might be — with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, the House formally voted to refer Bannon to the DOJ for possible charges.
At the time, many believed it was a dramatic move meant to generate a few nasty headlines about a former Trump associate. Many were surprised last week to learn that Biden’s DOJ is actually pursing the matter, especially as it has mountains of much higher priority work to do.
Adding more fuel to the fire was the fact that Attorney General Merrick Garland seemed to boast about the indictments in a statement on the matter as if he’d just solved the crime of the century.
“Since my first day in office, I have promised Justice Department employees that together we would show the American people by word and deed that the department adheres to the rule of law, follows the facts and the law and pursues equal justice under the law,” Garland’s statement read.
It added: “Today’s charges reflect the department’s steadfast commitment to these principles.”
With Biden’s America falling apart on multiple levels and no relief in sight, it appears to many that the DOJ is providing convenient cover by trumping up what amounts to a nothing-burger case.