A Time For Justice: Bannon Et Al

A presidential pardon does not mean the person being pardoned is innocent.  Quite the contrary, if he/she were innocent, they would have proven so in a court of law.  Only those who either have been found guilty or whose trial is pending but it is expected they will be found guilty, are pardoned by a sitting president.  Think about that one for a minute … the innocent do not need presidential pardons.  Or, as U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who dismissed Michael Flynn’s prosecution after Flynn was pardoned by the former guy said …

“… [the former guy’s] decision to pardon Mr. Flynn is a political decision, not a legal one. Because the law recognizes the President’s political power to pardon, the appropriate course is to dismiss this case as moot.  However, the pardon does not, standing alone, render [Flynn] innocent of the alleged violation.”

Steve Bannon is a criminal in many senses of the word, and if he were charged for every time he has broken the law, the indictment would take a full ream of paper.  But the charges for which he was pardoned by the former guy stem from a fundraising scam for the ‘border wall’ on the southern U.S. border.

Bannon and another organizer, Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage, lied when they claimed they would not take any compensation as part of the campaign, called “We Build the Wall.” Bannon received more than $1 million through a nonprofit entity he controlled, sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to Kolfage while keeping a “substantial portion” for himself.  The We Build the Wall campaign, publicly supported by several of the former guy’s allies, raised more than $25 million through hundreds of thousands of donors.  This is the same border wall, by the way, that the former guy kept telling his supporters Mexico would pay for, even though most of us were well aware that was never even a remote possibility.

Bannon and Kolfage along with two others — Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea — routed payments from the crowdfunding campaign through the nonprofit and another shell company, disguising them with fake invoices to help keep their personal pay secret.  All four of these men were arrested in August of last year, and all except Bannon are awaiting trial, for the other three did not receive presidential pardons.

Bannon’s case, however, does remain pending.  This week, Bannon asked a judge to follow others in New York and elsewhere who outright dismissed cases after the former guy issued pardons, citing the post-pardon dismissals of charges against Michael Flynn and rapper Lil’ Wayne.  Not so fast there, Stevie …

Presidential pardons do not cover charges filed by states, and the New York attorney general’s office has partnered with Manhattan’s district attorney to investigate Bannon’s fundraising scam.  If New York finds evidence enough to file charges, then all bets are off for poor li’l Stevie Bannon.  Meanwhile …

Steve Bannon, along with Roger Stone and Michael Flynn, played an indisputable role in the attack on Congress and the Capitol on January 6th.  While none of the three actively participated in the events of the 6th, all three operated behind the scenes in an attempt to stage a coup and steal the voices of the voters, overturn the election, and install a dictator in the Oval Office.

Bannon previously served as a prominent sponsor of the group “March for Trump”, co-organizers of the January 6th attacks.  Shortly after Trump lost the 2020 election, Bannon’s “War Room” podcast was banned from Twitter for suggesting Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray should be beheaded …

“I’d put the heads on pikes. Right. I’d put them at the two corners of the White House as a warning to federal bureaucrats. You either get with the program or you are gone.”

If I made a statement like that, I would be writing this blog from the inside of a jail cell.  Make no mistake … Steve Bannon is a very nasty man whose crimes are numerous.  He may have been ‘pardoned’ by another nasty ‘man’ for one of those crimes, but the rest will eventually catch up with him.  The same, I hope, will be true for the likes of Michael Flynn, his brother Charles, and Roger Stone the ultimate conspiracy theorist.  The nation … the world … does not need people like this.

When Richard “Tricky Dicky” Nixon left office under a cloud of shame in 1974, he was soon pardoned by his successor, Gerald Ford.  No doubt an agreement had been worked out beforehand that kept Nixon out of the courts and out of prison until his death twenty years later.  The former guy and his associates such as Bannon et al will get no such reprieve from President Biden.  These men – Bannon, Flynn, Trump, and more – are criminals and must be treated as such, else how can we claim to be a nation that values fairness, equality, a nation of laws, of justice?

19 thoughts on “A Time For Justice: Bannon Et Al

  1. “… if he/she were innocent, they would have proven so in a court of law.” You’re joking, right? There are no worngful convictions? No wrongful executions? In any case, the burden of proof is on the accuser. In theory the accused does not have to prove his or her innocence. Courts acquit or convict to promote their own agenda. Justice is a fantasy, and a very expensive one. Most poor people can’t afford justice. How much justice can you afford?

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    • I am not quite as ignorant of the law as you seem to presume. I’m well aware, having followed The Innocence Project for years, of the number of wrongful convictions. I’m also aware that the average person cannot afford top-notch legal counsel. But none of that was the purpose of this post, but rather my point was that these men, because of their wealth, power and connections, are getting by with murder.

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  2. Steve Bannon is EVIL!!!!!!!! He is a CRIMINAL and should not have been pardoned! The power to pardon should be abolished!!!!! Trump should be in prison himself! “”Birds of a feather…….. Partners in Crime!!!!” It’s a disgrace!!!!

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    • You are exactly right! The law will eventually catch up with him, but meanwhile he and the Flynn brothers and Stone and Trump are a threat to our very society, our very lives. Sigh.

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  3. Jill, “Bannon, Stone and Flynn, oh my. Bannon, Stone and Flynn, oh my.” Just watch out for the Flying Monkeys when these three are around. And, watch out for the man named the Great and Powerful Donald behind the curtain. It is all smoke and mirrors. Keith

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    • Yep, “Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!” only these guys are even more dangerous. I’d sooner face a lion than Steve Bannon … who, now that I think about it, rather looks like a lion … one that isn’t too healthy! Good analogy on the “Wizard”, too … only so much more dangerous. And for the Wicked Witch of the West, I nominate … hmmm … Marjorie or Lauren?

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