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Wed Nov 17, 2021, 09:53 PM

Judge in Bannon contempt case once fought Congress' subpoena power [View all]

In 2008, a little-known Justice Department attorney stepped into a courtroom to argue that top aides to then-President George W. Bush could simply ignore congressional subpoenas.

“You have to recognize the absolute immunity of the president's close advisers,” the attorney, Carl Nichols, declared.

Today, Nichols is the federal judge set to preside over the criminal case of Steve Bannon, former President Donald Trump's ally who — like Bush’s aides — claims he doesn’t have to comply with a subpoena to testify about his efforts to help Trump overturn the 2020 election.

It’s a remarkable symmetry for the mild-mannered, longtime corporate lawyer, who now finds himself at the helm of one of the most important clashes between Congress and Trump — the man who put him on the federal bench in 2019. The Bannon case holds implications for the future of congressional investigations and for efforts to expose the secrets of those who stoked the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.


Too many political hacks in our court system.

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