Masse calls on GOP-led House to vote on repealing Bannon, Navarro subpoenas

Instead of merely crying foul over lawfare, Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie (R) proposed a solution that could spare at least one ally of former President Donald Trump prison time while potentially exonerating another.

Before the red wave that wasn’t handed Republicans the slimmest majority in House history, the partisan push to “get Trump” had manifested in the taxpayer-funded media circus that was the Jan. 6 Committee. The Democratic Party’s kangaroo court had ended with the passing of the gavel, but only after former Trump advisers Steve Bannon and Peter Navarro were charged with contempt of Congress.

Vows of investigations and hearings from the GOP have been fulfilled but have produced, as Shakespeare’s Macbeth said, “Sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

To remedy at least two wrongs wrought by the apparent weaponization of government that has so far seen Trump convicted on felony charges and citizens monitored for attending school board meetings or for expressing their religious beliefs, not to mention the lengthy detainment of those who participated in the events of Jan. 6, 2021, Massie called on his Republican peers to actually do something.

Reacting to a post from Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R), the congressman wrote Sunday, “The Republican House should, by an official vote of the House, declare the subpoenas on Bannon and Navarro to have been illegitimately issued, and vote to repeal them.”

The senator said, “When the GOP took the House in [2022], I advocated keeping Jan6 committee with new members long enough to repeal subpoenas on Bannon and Navarro. No one listened then. Will they listen now?”

While Navarro has already reported for his four-month sentence earlier this year after he was convicted on two counts of contempt, a federal judge has ordered Bannon to surrender himself by July 1 for his equal sentence that resulted from his 2022 conviction. Both ignored subpoenas from the Jan. 6 committee that, if repealed, would remove the impetus for their convictions.

Massie’s Sunday post reiterated a callout for House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) Thursday after the order was issued. He posted on X, “@SpeakerJohnson, why don’t we rescind the Congressional subpoena for Steve Bannon and officially repudiate the J6 committee by a vote of Congress?”

A challenge from a social media user suggesting Massie was posturing by going online instead of confronting the speaker directly was countered as the Kentucky lawmaker pointed out, “#1. He’s not going to do it just because it’s a good idea. He has to hear from Americans. You can stay on the couch, just pick up your phone and dial. #2. We only worked in DC for 3 days this week. Johnson canceled today because Pelosi asked him to due to D-day anniversary.”

As with the disfavor expressed over Johnson seemingly cowing to President Joe Biden and his party’s wishes concerning spending packages and a FISA reauthorization without meaningful action on the border, users weren’t holding their breath to wait and see if the GOP would follow through on Massie’s suggestion.

Kevin Haggerty

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