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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Police break into Steve Bannon’s DC home in spooky ‘swatting’ attack: report

Heavily armed police raided the home of former White House strategist Steve Bannon in Washington on Friday in a so-called “swatting” attack after someone called a false report of a man with a gun, the Washington Post reported.

The caller said the unidentified man had shot someone, according to the Post.

Police closed streets to cut off the block where Bannon’s Capitol Hill home is located, close to the US Capitol and the Supreme Court.

The alarm went off about an hour after the call late in the morning, according to the Post.

A police spokesperson told the paper that the call appeared to be a “swatting” attack in which a false report triggers a surprising response from the police.

Bannon told NBC News later, as he reentered his home, that the police were “fantastic.”

It was unclear whether Bannon was at home when police arrived, the Post noted.

Jeffery Carroll, assistant chief of police for the District of Columbia, told reporters that officers entered Bannon’s home and spoke to those inside to ensure it was safe.

“They were a little shocked, but they obviously understood why we were there,” Carroll said.

Bannon, an acolyte of Donald Trump who worked for him early in his administration as chief White House strategist, is best known now for his role as a Capitol riot sparkler and his incendiary “War Room” podcasts.

He is accused of plotting with other Trump allies to overturn the 2020 presidential election. He reportedly called for the Biden presidency to be killed “in the cradle”.

On his “War Room” podcast the day before the January 6, 2021 attack on Congress, he told his listeners, “All I can say is, squeeze…. You made it happen, and tomorrow is game day. So get ready. Let’s get ready… It’s all converging and now we’re at the point of attack tomorrow.

Bannon is currently on two counts of criminal contempt of Congress for ignoring a subpoena from the House select committee investigating the Jan. His trial is scheduled to begin on July 18.

Robert Costello, Bannon’s attorney, is now trying to end his representation of him, citing the possibility of being called as a witness at the trial, according to a court document on Friday, Reuters reported.

“As it appears that there will be a trial, and as it appears that at this time I could be called as a witness, I must reluctantly ask the Court to accept my request” asking to withdraw as trial attorney, Costello wrote in the lawsuit. filing in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.

The Post also reported on Friday that Trump is considering “waiving” executive privileges to Bannon so he can testify before the Jan. 6 panel, according to sources.

Executive privileges should not be relinquished by Trump, however, because he is no longer the “executive”. President Joe Biden has already determined that the people investigated in the January 6 insurrection are not protected by executive privilege.

Also, crimes are not protected by executive privilege, and Bannon was a private citizen on January 6, 2021.

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