Does Bannon contempt case open door for GOP to compel Hunter Biden testimony? Some think so

"They just better be careful what they wish for," one activist says as Republicans cry 'hypocrisy' after Bannon found guilty of contempt.

Updated: July 22, 2022 - 10:58pm

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Reacting to the conviction of former White House adviser Steve Bannon on contempt charges Friday, Republicans and activists said Democrats were selectively enforcing the law and could expect a backlash should the GOP take the House in November.

Tea Party Patriots Action Honorary Chair Jenny Beth Martin told "Just the News, Not Noise" that the prosecution of Bannon could set a precedent of using congressional committees to go after political enemies.

"Yeah, I think that they should be concerned about the kind of precedent that they're they're setting in imagine if a Republican controlled an oversight committee, and called see Hunter Biden to testify before Congress, and he refused, and they held him or pursued contempt of Congress charges for him," she said. "They just better be careful what they wish for."

Also on the show, Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., highlighted the contrast between Democrats prosecuting Trump's political allies and declining to do so when left-leaning individuals break the same rules. Members of Stephen Colbert's comedy team illegally entered a House office building in late June to film antics for the "Late Show." They refused to leave despite multiple warnings and were arrested, but prosecutors declined to press charges.

"Yeah, you're talking right about the Colbert [team] and there is a two tiered system of justice in DC when it comes to prosecution," he said. "You know, the best message that could have been sent to the entire nation would have been to hold the Colbert nine accountable because the Capitol Police arrested these individuals, after telling them numerous times don't come back."

Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene used similar language in her Thursday appearance on the show, discussing both the Colbert crew and the case of Tim Hysom, a Democratic hill staffer who defaced posters outside her office. Hysom also did not face charges.

"I do not feel safe. I've asked for protection over and over again, because of how many death threats I have," Greene said. "And the sergeant in arms does not give me protection like they do the Democrat women. So it's a two tier justice system."

Bannon, for his part, hosted the Friday edition of "War Room," his show on the Real America's Voice Network, immediately after being found guilty. He opened the show by thanking the jury, adding "I respect their decision, given the evidence and the information they were presented in the room."

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