Trump’s ‘executive privilege’ letter may have little to do with trying to help Bannon

Opinion July 14, 2022 News
Trump’s ‘executive privilege’ letter may have little to do with trying to help Bannon

From NBC News | Think by Shan Wu, legal analyst and former federal prosecutor

The lead-up to the contempt of Congress trial of former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon may reveal more about the former president’s planned defense strategy than what defense Bannon intends to raise.

The value of Trump’s magnanimous gesture in waiving executive privilege to help Bannon was somewhat undercut by a filing from the Justice Department on Monday. In it, the public learned that Trump lawyer Justin Clark told the FBI about two weeks ago that Trump “never invoked executive privilege over any particular information or materials” and that his counsel gave no reason for Bannon’s “total noncompliance” to the House’s subpoena.

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