President Johnson encouraged to support Steve Bannon’s Supreme Court appeal by Indiana Republican

President Johnson encouraged to support Steve Bannon’s Supreme Court appeal by Indiana Republican

President Johnson encouraged to support Steve Bannon’s Supreme Court appeal by Indiana Republican

Emily Brooks and the hill

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Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) is encouraging Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) to lead a legal effort to support former Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s emergency appeal to the Supreme Court.

Bannon aims to stay out of prison as he appeals his conviction for evading a subpoena from the House panel that investigated the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

Banks, who was blocked by former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) from serving as a ranking member of the Jan. 6 panel in 2021, reiterated a long-standing, and so far unsuccessful, argument by Republicans that the panel was illegitimately conceived and therefore the subpoenas were illegitimate.

“Given the Committee’s unprecedented and rule-breaking behavior, as well as its partisan motives and structure, if you were to direct the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group to file an amicus curiae brief in support of Mr. . Bannon from June 21, 2024 to the Supreme Court, would have my full support,” Banks said in a letter to Johnson on Tuesday.

Bannon was found guilty of two counts of contempt of Congress in 2022 stemming from his failure to cooperate with the panel’s Jan. 6 subpoenas. He was ordered to report to serve a four-month sentence on July 1.

On Friday, Bannon filed an emergency appeal to the Supreme Court to remain out of prison while he appeals his conviction.

“The January 6 Committee set aside 200 years of Congressional precedent, destroyed evidence, and repeatedly violated House rules to carry out a political vendetta and cover up Nancy Pelosi’s and the Never Trumper’s responsibility for the disaster of security on January 6,” Banks said in a statement. “This was a sham investigation, and Republicans should urge the Supreme Court to follow established precedent and throw out their illegitimate subpoenas.”

Banks was originally appointed by then-House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to be the ranking member of the Jan. 6 select committee, but then-Speaker Pelosi blocked Banks and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) will be seated. on the board.

In response, McCarthy withdrew all of his nominees from the Jan. 6 committee, and Pelosi named Trump-critical Republican Reps. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) to the panel, thereby defending it as bipartisan. . an argument that Republicans rejected.

Courts have so far rejected arguments about the committee’s authority in legal cases.

McCarthy and now-House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) had filed a legal brief in support of Bannon in 2022, Politico reported at the time, arguing that a conviction of Bannon would be invalid because the January 6 committee not having enough appointed members.

Banks, in his letter, argued that the committee’s actions were legally invalid because it did not have a designated ranking member, the position he was supposed to fill.

“The Committee repeatedly violated House Rules and its own charter, House Resolution 503, including provisions limiting its deposition authority. H.Res. 503 directed the Committee Chairman to issue subpoenas ‘after consultation with the ranking minority member,’ but the Committee did not have a ranking minority member,” Banks said in the letter.

The Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, the group Banks suggested Johnson launch to support Bannon’s appeal to the Supreme Court, is made up of the president and the leaders and whips of the majority and minority parties in the House. “Speaks and articulates the institutional position of the House on all matters of litigation,” according to House rules.