Now that former Trump administration adviser Steve Bannon has agreed to obey a subpoena from the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol and testify, some members of Congress are warning that Bannon’s real intent isn’t cooperation but chaos.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) told MSNBC host Alicia Menendez on Sunday that he doesn’t trust Bannon as far as he can throw him and the Jan. 6 panel should be on the alert for what Bannon may have planned when he does testify:
“I can only tell you I’ve interviewed Steve Bannon before. I was one of the lead investigators for the Russia prosecution, for Bannon’s interview. I would expect zero. Absolutely nothing. This guy was like interviewing the Joker. He’s maniacal. He’s insane. And it was a frustrating hours-long interview where we did not learn very much.”
Indeed, Bannon may be little more than a Trumpian Trojan horse, designed to toss a proverbial monkey wrench into the committee’s plans of proving just how deeply involved the former president and members of his inner circle were in what transpired at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Swalwell added that Bannon may be able to provide some valuable information, but only if the committee understands his real intentions:
“(Bannon) had actually upset the Republicans. It was one of the only things that united us during the whole Russia investigation, was how much he upset the Republicans. He was joking around with his lawyers. They kept trying to get him to take it seriously. I would not expect very much. I don’t think, you know, a leopard like Bannon could change its spots. So again, if the commission knows more than I know, that’s great, they should proceed. But I would proceed very, very carefully with this guy.”
It remains unclear if Bannon will testify live on television or on video, but as Swalwell explained, the former Trump aide cannot be trusted.
— American Voices with Alicia Menendez (@AliciaOnMSNBC) July 10, 2022
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