Steve Bannon was indicted on Thursday in relation to charges concerning the “We Build the Wall” effort by the New York Attorney General’s office.
But Bannon appeared on the Charlie Kirk show on Friday and he made some concerning remarks about efforts by the Biden FBI against Trump allies. Bannon said that we saw from Biden’s “demonic” anti-MAGA speech that this was the “primal scream” of a “dying regime.” Bannon claimed there were “35 FBI raids” on senior MAGA/Trump allies.
Bannon said there was so much going on about trying to bankrupt people or de-platform them, as well. “Screw them,” Bannon declared. “I spit in their eye.” This is all about intimidation, Bannon said, with financial terrorism and “lawfare.” But it’s unclear who the people he’s referencing here are because this has not had any real coverage. He also said that there was another grand jury coming together regarding Jan. 6. Bannon called the FBI Gestapo and said that this was intimidation because they knew that they were losing.
First Amendment attorney Harmeet Dhillon confirmed that she was aware of at least some of these cases.
Dhillon appeared with Tucker Carlson. She said that there had been a reporter reaching out asking if search warrants or subpoenas had been served on some 50 people. Dhillon confirmed to Tucker Carlson that search warrants or subpoenas had been served on three clients of hers — one of whom had their phone seized. The federal grand jury subpoenas were broad asking for any communications from October 2020, a month before the election to two months after the election. The subpoenas sought communications related to certification, fraud in the election, alternate electors, anything related to the rally before the Jan. 6 riot, and any communications related to the Save America PAC.
Here’s part of what was in one of the subpoenas which has had the name redacted.
Here’s what that subpoena requested.
This is an incredible escalation by the Biden Administration and it’s going to be hard to justify that this isn’t an effort to go after and shut down political opponents. This would be incredibly out of control and something on a par with Stalinist regimes trying to stifle any challenge to their power. As Dhillon noted, this raises all kinds of First Amendment questions. She also noted how improper this is that the DOJ is telling reporters about these search warrants and subpoenas even before they are executed. She said she thought this was to instill fear into people right before an upcoming election so they wouldn’t challenge anything. She called it abuse by the DOJ and said it was illegal of them to leak this information.
“This will wreck the country,” Tucker said. That’s about the size of it if Republicans let this go without calling out the abuse.