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Fox News host Tucker Carlson asserted on Friday that the congressional January 6 committee is taking aim at Trump allies over their political opinions and the Biden Justice Department is transforming into an “armed political instrument” that’s “punishing critics of the Democratic Party.”
In an interview with former U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Carlson addressed the indictment of former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon for refusing to cooperate with the Jan. 6 committee concerning the Capitol riot. Flynn has also been subpoenaed by the committee concerning a December 2020 meeting with Trump to discuss the election results.
The Fox News host opened the segment explosively.
“As we told you, the Biden Justice Department is transforming before our eyes into an armed political instrument whose main job appears to be punishing critics of the Democratic Party. Here’s the latest example: They have just indicted former Trump adviser Steve Bannon for contempt of Congress. Well, if that sounds like an unusual charge, it definitely is. The DOJ hasn’t charged anyone with criminal contempt of Congress in nearly 40 years,” the Fox News host noted.
“The DOJ did not charge Eric Holder after he was held in contempt, for example. The DOJ didn’t charge Jim Clapper or John Brennan when they lied to Congress. That’s not speculation. They lied. They were caught. But then Joe Biden wasn’t president at the time. As we said, the DOJ is now the enforcement arm of the Democratic Party, punishing anyone who doesn’t comply with the demands of Nancy Pelosi and Liz Cheney’s January 6th commission,” he continued.
Carlson pointed out that indicting advisors to Trump “is the kind of thing that happens in Latin America, but never here.”
Flynn, who has been hounded by the left from day one, called it “an assault on all of our basic rights” and freedom of speech.
“Our desire to seek the truth and the security of our election systems and processes, this is what’s all at risk in our country,” Flynn stated while referring to Carlson’s documentary on Jan. 6.
Carlson was blunt in his assessment of the committee’s actions, stating, “From what I can tell, they are attempting to criminalize opinions that they don’t like. You’re allowed to have any view of the last election that you want, any view you want on anything in this country. Period. Your views cannot be criminalized because ideas and speech are never criminal in a free country. I don’t understand, I mean, the pretext for — they’re going to throw Bannon in jail if they can because they don’t like his opinions? Where are the Republican leaders standing up against this?”
Bannon is facing two charges including contempt for his refusal to appear for a deposition and another for his refusal to turn over documents.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement included in a press release from the DOJ, “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. Today’s charges reflect the department’s steadfast commitment to these principles.”
Bannon could potentially face up to a year in prison for each count if they find him guilty, according to the press release: “Each count of contempt of Congress carries a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of one year in jail, as well as a fine of $100 to $1,000. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.”
The announcement from the DOJ comes on the same day that Mark Meadows, the Chief of Staff for former President Trump, is also defying the subpoena he received from the committee.
The January 6 committee tweeted out a statement from Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Liz Cheney (R-WY), the committee’s chair and vice-chair, respectively.
It’s unfortunate that Meadows has chosen to join a very small group of witnesses who believe they are above the law & are defying a Select Committee subpoena outright.
The Select Committee has talked with more than 150 individuals who are engaging and cooperating with our probe.
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) November 12, 2021
“And while we’re determined to get all the information we’re seeking, Mr. Meadows, Mr. Bannon, and others who go down this path won’t prevail in stopping the Select Committee’s effort getting answers for the American people about January 6th, making legislative recommendations to help protect our democracy, and helping ensure nothing like that day ever happens again,” the statement concluded.
And while we’re determined to get all the information we’re seeking, Mr. Meadows, Mr. Bannon, and others who go down this path won’t prevail in stopping the Select Committee’s effort getting answers for the American people about January 6th.
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) November 12, 2021
Anger is growing over the indictment of Bannon:
Eric Holder was held in Contempt of Congress but the Obama/Biden DOJ never indicted him. Why is Steve Bannon held to a different standard?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) November 12, 2021
Steve Bannon did nothing wrong.
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) November 12, 2021
1. They are going after Steve Bannon bc he is so effective in guiding Americans through the enormous amount of lies the media and the Dems force down the People’s throats everyday.
War Room is one of the most watched shows by Trump supporters.#SteveBannon is innocent.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) November 12, 2021
Steve Bannon is innocent and didn't do anything wrong. The real people Congress should go after are the Communists who have infiltrated our government.
— Wendy Rogers (@WendyRogersAZ) November 12, 2021
Man…. I love the way Steve Bannon told Congress to F••k Off!
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) November 13, 2021
The snap indictment of Steve Bannon by the Garland Justice Department is an extraordinary and frightening abuse of power.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) November 12, 2021
The Chinese Communist Party is very pleased with the Department of Justice today.
Steve Bannon is a hero🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/nzVCioRQ3V
— Natalie Winters (@nataliegwinters) November 13, 2021
Steve Bannon is a one of a kind force in politics.
That’s why our corrupt Regime is going after him so hard
— Darren J. Beattie 🌐 (@DarrenJBeattie) November 12, 2021
Socialists don’t play nice.
— Brian Dreyer (@Bwdreyer) November 13, 2021
Steve Bannon has been indicted. I actually chuckled because Merrick Garland said the charges reflect the DOJ’s "steadfast commitment" to showing the American people they follow "the rule of law."
“Rule of law.”
Project Veritas says what?
— Kambree (@KamVTV) November 12, 2021
The FBI hid footage of the Kyle Rittenhouse shooting, the DOJ coordinated with the NSBA to label parents terrorists, the FBI raided Project Veritas and leaked their comms to the New York Times, and the DOJ indicted Steve Bannon for something Eric Holder and Lois Lerner never were
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) November 12, 2021
Steve Bannon joins the ranks of millions of Americans who also hold Congress in contempt.
— Saurabh Sharma ⚙️⚙️ (@ssharmaUS) November 12, 2021
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