The line of conspirators is backing up and we’re running out of time!
Action: Email Attorney General Merrick Garland – sample script provided.
(This is an updated action of our earlier post asking the Jan. 6 Select Committee and the House to vote for criminal contempt charges.)
The Jan. 6 House select committee voted unanimously on criminal contempt charges for Trump White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon for ignoring their subpoena. The House then certified their vote, requiring Attorney General Merrick Garland to “bring the matter before the grand jury for its action,” Any individual who is found liable for contempt of Congress is then guilty of a crime that may result in a fine and between one and 12 months imprisonment.”
OK, then, get started! The House select committee just issued 16 new subpoenas over two days to possible insurrection co-conspirators eager to follow in Bannon’s obstructionist footsteps, since he appears to be unfettered by any actions from Garland for now. Light a fire under this man!
Email Attorney General Merrick Garland
Sample script to Attorney General Merrick Garland:
Sir, the facts are clear. Bannon was duly subpoenaed by Congress and refused to appear. Both the Jan. 6 Select Committee and the House voted to charge him with criminal contempt. To deny putting him in jail right now is sending a message to the long list of subpeonaed high-level co-conspirators that they too can refuse to cooperate, hoping to stall justice until an election might allow them to walk free, unlike us mere mortals, who’d face a minimum of 6 months for similar charges.
What happened on Jan. 6 was an organized crime against democracy, and Bannon’s public statements indicate that he was a witness to the planning of it, and possibly an active co-conspirator. By delaying your decision, you risk harming the work of the Jan 6 Select Committee and interfering with a basic function of Congress.
Beyond making laws, Congress has an informing function and a responsibility to determine abuses of and against our government. It cannot perform this duty without the ability to compel people to testify and turn over documents. Without your backup, they can only access information that witnesses choose to turn over. We would never accept those sorts of limitations on information in judicial proceedings — and even less should we accept them in congressional proceedings, where the interests of the entire nation are implicated.
Mr. Bannon’s refusal to cooperate with the select committee is a crime against our country and must have serious consequences, including imprisonment under 2 U.S. Code §§ 192 -194 & 18 U.S. Code Section 1505. The only privilege he should claim in this whole sorry affair is his fervent belief that he is above the law of a nation he openly despises.
Your hesitation is damaging, Attorney General Garland. This man and his compatriots are more dangerous to the continuation of our country as a functional democracy than any foreign agent or government. Stopping them must be your highest obligation.
Contact: https://www.justice.gov/doj/webform/your-message-department-justice. Under “General topic” put “Message to the Attorney General”
Whose up next?
All subpoenaed individuals are being asked to supply the committee with documents on November 23, with depositions scheduled spanning the last week of November into mid December.
“In the days before the January 6th attack, the former President’s closest allies and advisors drove a campaign of misinformation about the election and planned ways to stop the count of Electoral College votes,” Select Committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson said in a statement. “The Select Committee needs to know every detail about their efforts to overturn the election, including who they were talking to in the White House and in Congress, what connections they had with rallies that escalated into a riot, and who paid for it all.”
Monday’s subpoenas include:
- Trump 2020 campaign manager William Stepien
- Former senior adviser to the campaign Jason Miller
- John Eastman, an attorney who helped craft Trump’s argument that the election was stolen
- Michael Flynn, who was involved in meeting about how the Trump campaign wanted to promote the lie that the election was stolen
- Angela McCallum, national executive assistant to former President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign
- Bernard Kerik, who participated in a meeting at the Willard Hotel centered around overturing election results.
Tuesday’s recipients include:
- Nicholas Luna, former President Donald Trump’s personal assistant
- Molly Michael, Trump’s special assistant to the President and Oval Office operations coordinator
- Ben Williamson, Trump’s deputy assistant to the President and senior adviser to then-chief of staff Mark Meadows
- Christopher Liddell, former Trump White House deputy chief of staff
- John McEntee, Trump’s White House personnel director
- Keith Kellogg, national security adviser to then-Vice President Mike Pence
- Kayleigh McEnany, former White House press secretary under Trump
- Stephen Miller, Trump senior adviser
- Cassidy Hutchinson, special assistant to the President for legislative affairs
- Kenneth Klukowski, former senior counsel to Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark.