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Executive privilege ruling brings Steve Bannon and Mark Meadows to ‘Deep Doo-Doo’: a legal pundit

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Executive privilege ruling brings Steve Bannon and Mark Meadows to ‘Deep Doo-Doo’: a legal pundit

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Former White House strategist Steve Bannon and former chief of staff Mark Meadows are in a ‘deep doo-doo’ now that the Supreme Court has ruled against former President Donald Trump’s request for executive privilege to protect documents sought in the investigation of the US Capitol riots, law professor Neal Katyal has warned.

Bannon and Meadows declined to testify before the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on Congress, saying they, too, were protected by Trump’s claimed shield of executive privilege.

Asked by MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on Wednesday what they’re up against now, Katyal joked, “I think the technical legal term is deep doo-doo.”

The court’s decision is a “real problem for them,” added Katyal, who was acting solicitor general in the Obama administration.

“Remember that Steve Bannon has already been held in contempt for not giving these answers to Congress, so he faces criminal charges. Mark Meadows is on his way to the same. Their two contempt defenses are executive privilege, and the Supreme Court … blew that out of the water,” Katyal added. “That means these two people really need to talk to congressional investigators” now.

The ruling also affects the plans of others – including Trump’s former personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and attorney John Eastman, who wrote the ‘coup memos’ charting a course to void the election of 2020 — to invoke executive privilege to dodge testimony before the House committee, Katyal noted. .

“It’s going to be very difficult for…all of the characters to avoid having to testify,” Katyal said. “They can try other arguments, like the Fifth Amendment and so on,” but the court ruling is “a real nail in the coffin” for them.

More importantly, it means that the whole “Trump signature movement” – using executive privilege to hide documents and prevent people from testifying in televised congressional hearings – is “now decimated by the Supreme Court decision,” he said.

Executive privilege has its place, he said. “What it’s not about is plotting a coup and overthrowing American democracy.”

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

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