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John Berman on what's at stake in January 6 investigation

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    Our Democratic lawmakers investigating
    the first coup attempt this country
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    has ever seen, taking a butter knife to a
    gun fight?
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    Or will they, as they're signaling
    tonight,
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    truly get tough on those who stand
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    between them and the truth?
    Also, did President Biden just wheel a
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    Howitzer into battle?
    John Berman here, in for Anderson,
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    A string of new developments to bring you
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    from both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.
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    They all touch on this: whether those who
    tried to undermine democracy itself will
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    be held accountable. Because as one
    political observer Tweeted today,
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    "An unpunished coup is a training
    exercise." Those are the stakes as the
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    committee tries to enforce subpoenas
    on four ex-Trump aids and allies. As of
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    tonight, only two, former White House
    Chief-of-Staff Mark Meadows and former
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    Pentagon official Kash Patel, are even
    engaging at all in the process after a
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    midnight deadline came for producing
    documents came and went;
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    and that's the committee's word,
    by the way.
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    Engaging,
    which could mean anything, and is a far
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    cry from cooperating. Dan Scavino, it's
    not clear whether he has responded at all,
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    or has even been served. However, he has
    not even mentioned in the joint statement
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    from the committee chair Benny Thompson and
    vice chair Liz Cheney. As for Steve
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    Bannon, he's flat out defying the
    committee. His lawyer, citing the former
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    president's executive privilege, which is
    a pretty braising claim to make given
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    that Bannon hasn't worked in the White
    House since 2017. And for the record,
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    January 6, 2021 wasn't in 2017. Bannon is
    acting on the former president's orders
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    A trump lawyer last night, telling all
    four not to comply. As you know, the
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    former president has made it clear,
    he no longer even sees January 6 as a
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    thing, saying this week, the real
    insurrection was on election day. And last
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    night on Fox, he made his contempt plain
    for those who have tried and failed to
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    hold him accountable. "They had fake
    impeachments, two fake impeachments, where
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    the Republicans were great, I have to say,
    they stuck with us. The whole thing was
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    fake, and I had to survive. And to survive
    you had to be tough. And you had to be out
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    there. You didn't have time to be
    necessarily dainty and nice." 'Dainty and
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    nice,' or as it used to be called,
    following the rules, obeying the law, that
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    sort of thing. Faced with that kind of
    attitude, the Biden White House todau
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    broke a tradition, saying the president
    would not invoke executive privilege over
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    Trump documents sought from the national
    archives by the select committee. In other
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    words, Biden would allow the release. So
    there is now a conflict, because we
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    learned late today that the former
    president has sent a letter to the
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    archives asserting privilege and threatening
    to, quote "take all necessary and
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    appropriate steps to protect the office
    of the presidency." And President Biden?
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    Listen to how his press secretary framed
    it. "The administration takes the events
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    of January 6 incredibly seriously. As the
    president said on its six month
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    anniversary, that day posed as an existential
    crisis and a test of whether our democracy
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    could survive." 'Whether our democracy
    could survive.' That's really something to
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    hear from anyone, let alone someone
    speaking for the president. It's also
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    where we are tonight.
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John Berman on what's at stake in January 6 investigation
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