Bannon’s trial begins; House still expects delivery of Jan. 6 Secret Service textsJuly 19, 2022
Donald Trump adviser and coup supporter Steve Bannon’s trial for criminal contempt of Congress began with jury selection today; given the glibness with which Bannon ignored House subpoenas, it may be a short trial, indeed. The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 coup is now expecting Secret Service texts from that date to be delivered by tomorrow, after originally being told by Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general that the messages had been deleted. And a new report by the Texas House lambasts the state’s law enforcement agencies for the failures during the Uvalde, Texas, mass murder of schoolchildren. Nearly 400 officers are now reported to have been at the scene during the standoff.
Texas lawmakers aren’t as eager to confront the plain truth that it’s their own laws that enabled the murders in the first place, however. Texas Republicans bragged at length about loosening firearms laws in the state, and continue to boast that they won’t be tightening any of them now.