Bannon Tones Down Retribution Rhetoric, Still Names Names

( – Steve Bannon, the former Trump administration White House strategist, recently refuted the claims by Democrats that the former president plans on seeking “retribution” if re-elected while noting that several former officials would be investigated for the sake of “justice.”

On Sunday, June 30, Bannon appeared on “This Week” on ABC and said that those who “haven’t done anything… shouldn’t worry” about facing “retribution” from a new Trump administration. The former White House strategist then went on to name multiple people who might have something to worry about should Trump be victorious in November.

On that list are former Attorney General William Barr, former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, former FBI Director James Comey, and the FBI’s former acting Director Andrew McCabe.

Bannon told anchor Jonathan Karl that if Trump wins, these former officials should be investigated because “it’s justice.”

The former strategist is facing prison time himself. On Monday, July 1, the day after the ABC interview, Bannon reported to the Federal Correctional Institute in Danbury, Connecticut, to begin serving his sentence of four months after being convicted of defying a congressional subpoena during the investigation into the Capitol Hill riots of Jan. 6, 2021.

Like Trump, Bannon believes the justice system was weaponized against him with political motivations, but he rebuked the idea that Trump would take revenge if elected. Bannon clarified that Trump said his “success” during a second term would be his “retribution.”

Karl then noted how Bannon promised on his show to see the Attorney General imprisoned, to which Bannon replied, “100%.” Karl then said that this implies Bannon wasn’t “just talking about investigations.” The anchor also mentioned past remarks by Bannon about putting “heads on pikes” outside the White House. Bannon replied that the remark, which he says the media will never let him live down, was just “a metaphor.”

Karl also pressed Bannon on Jan. 6 and whether or not the former strategist believes his violent language could have contributed to the mayhem. Bannon said it could not be derived from such rhetoric that Republicans are “calling for violence.”

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