Indicting Steve Bannon will encourage others to cooperate, Adam Schiff claims

The anti-Trump members of Congress who make up the so-called “investigative” Jan. 6 special committee are going out of their way to target anyone connected with the former president as it relates to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

According to The Hill, in the wake of the federal indictment of former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) hilariously insisted that indicting people like Bannon will encourage others involved to cooperate.

In a recent interview with NBC host Chuck Todd on Sunday’s Meet the Press, Schiff essentially admitted that indicting someone at Bannon’s level is apparently the tactic that the Jan. 6 commission will use to compel others to cooperate with congressional subpoenas.

“Without a doubt. And indeed, even before the Justice Department acted, it influenced other witnesses. … And now that witnesses see that if they don’t cooperate, if they don’t fulfill their lawful duty when subpoenaed, that they, too, may be prosecuted, it will have a very strong, focusing effect on their decision making,” Schiff told Todd.

Schiff added: “So, it’s very positive. I view this as an early test of whether our democracy was recovering. If our law is to mean anything, it has to be applied equally. And so, I’m very glad the Justice Department has moved forward in this fashion.”

According to the Washington Examiner, Bannon turned himself in on Monday at a Washington D.C. FBI field office, where he made a number of comments about his indictment, even charging the Biden administration with encouraging the Justice Department to pursue such drastic action.

“If the administrative state wants to take me on, bring it,” Bannon told reporters. “We’re gonna go on offense.”

Only time will tell if Bannon emerges unscathed from his indictments. His arraignment is scheduled for next week.