Judge Denies Bannon's Shaky Legal Argument for Executive Privilege

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A federal judge refused to throw Steve Bannon a lifeline on Wednesday, instead deciding that the right wing provocateur will indeed go to trial in the coming weeks for refusing to testify before the Jan. 6 Committee.

However, the judge indicated he may eventually hold the Department of Justice accountable for spying on one of Bannon’s defense lawyers and secretly obtaining his call and email records.

While Bannon’s lawyers insisted that he was protected because of DOJ’s policy that former White House advisers don’t have to testify before Congress if a president invokes “executive privilege,” U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols on Wednesday was unconvinced that Bannon could point to in noting that “none of these letters unambiguously instructed” Bannon to simply not show up.

Read more at The Daily Beast.