I suspect this is covered in another thread, but I’m too lazy to go searching today.
According to this NBC article, Trump has waived executive privilege so that Bannon can testify. Or, as TFG puts it,
“I will waive Executive Privilege for you, which allows for you to go in and testify truthfully and fairly, as per the request of the Unselect Committee of political Thugs and Hacks, who have allowed no Due Process, no Cross-Examination, and no real Republican members or witnesses to be present or interviewed. It is a partisan Kangaroo Court,” the letter says.
Anyway, what exactly does this mean? Have Trump and Bannon come to some agreement where they make a big deal out of waiving privilege and then Bannon lies his ass off, or repeatedly takes the fifth?
Trump can no more waive Executive Privilege than I can. The man is utterly delusional. Executive Privilege belongs to the incumbent President.
But what I think Bannon and the other insurrectionist from the Proud Boys now want to testify publicly, well they won’t really testify- they’ll just use the opportunity to try make a mockery of the whole Committee hearing. They may as well put on clown makeup and drive a little car to the hearing, which would be an improvement for bannon.
The news this morning made is sound like Bannon has had a change of heart, and will testify before the Committee. IMHO there has been no change of heart, and Bannon just wants attention and will simply be a disruption to the whole thing - and he has stipulated he wants to testify live. He’s probably been sitting on the sidelines eager to get put in the game so he can leave his own stain on the proceedings. No way they should let him do that - he will likely just spout off nonsense and not cooperate/answer questions truthfully. If anything, they should conduct interviews with the likes of Bannon behind closed doors and videotaped, to determine if he has anything of interest to say.
How hilarious would it be for him to completely sell out Trump (while ensuring his own hands are clean) ….and then the next day come out full force in favor of DeSantis? Ok maybe not funny, but amazing.
This is just Trump trying to act like he’s in charge. He knows Bannon is going to do this, so he is trying to spin it in a way to save face. “Yeah, I totally told him to do it, so he can prove how deceitful this criminal committed is being”
What I wonder is why he’s bothering now.
And, yes, the Committee has no reason to allow any sort of live testimony. Everything about this is planned. And the only thing that Trump supporters gain by insisting on going live is the ability to try and hijack the hearings. If it’s actually someone wanting to confess, they’ll gladly do so behind closed doors to be rebroadcast later. And if they’re ratting someone out, they’ll want to do it behind closed doors regardless.