Sunday, September 25, 2022

Executive Privilege Governs the Lands Steve Bannon and Mark Meadows in “Deep Doo-Doo”: Legal Expert

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon and former chief of staff Mark Meadows are in a “deep stalemate” now that the Supreme Court has ruled against former President Donald Trump’s claim of executive privilege to protect documents sought in the investigation into the US Capitol riots, law professor warned Neil Katyal.

Bannon and Meadows declined to testify before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on Congress, saying they, too, were protected by the shield of executive privilege claimed by Trump.

Asked by MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on Wednesday what they’re up against right now, Katyal joked, “I think the technical legal term is a bunch of nonsense.”

“Remember that Steve Bannon has already been charged with contempt of court for not giving these answers to Congress, so he faces criminal charges. Mark Meadows is on track to do the same. Both of their contempt defenses are the privilege of the executive branch, and the Supreme Court… knocked that out of the rut,” Katyal added. “That means these two people really need to talk to congressional investigators now.”

“It will be very difficult for the entire cast of characters to avoid testifying,” Katyal said. “They can use other arguments, for example, the Fifth Amendment and so on,” but the court’s decision is “the real nail in the coffin” for them.

More importantly, this means that the entire “Trump signature step” — using executive privilege to hide documents and keep people from testifying at congressional televised hearings — “is now obliterated by a Supreme Court ruling,” he stressed.

According to him, executive privilege has its place. “What it’s not talking about is plotting a coup d’état and overthrowing American democracy.”

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