Former top Trump adviser and current leading podcaster Steve Bannon is giving some of his political enemies a taste of there own medicine.
On Tuesday he announced that his attorneys will issue subpoenas to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democratic colleague Adam Schiff, and GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming as he prepares for his trial over criminal contempt of Congress.
Bannon defied a subpoena to appear before the House committee investigating the incident at the Capitol in January 2021 and was summarily charged by the Justice Department.
According to CNN, Bannon’s legal team subpoenaed 16 lawmakers and congressional staffers to testify at his July trial and to produce documents. The subpoenas were sent to all nine members of the select committee, three committee staffers, and General Counsel for the House of Representatives Douglas Letter.
Bannon’s legal team did not stop there; it issued subpoenas to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.).
“I believed from the start that it’s a purely political motive going after Bannon,” said David Schoen, one of Bannon’s attorneys.
“They’ll never get his testimony now,” he added before questioning the motives of the lawmakers.
“I have to draw the conclusion it’s purely a political message. They’re afraid of the message Bannon puts out there,” Schoen continued.
Thomas Spulak, who served as general counsel to the House of Representatives in the 1990s, told CNN that Bannon may never get them under oath.
“In this particular case I’m extremely confident that the staff members and members of the House would be shielded by the Speech and Debate Clause,” he said, if they file motions to block Bannon’s move.
“I’m very confident that defense would be upheld, and they will not be compelled to produce anything or appear for anything,” Spulak said.