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Letter: Nine Republicans put country over party in the Bannon case. Sadly, Utah’s didn’t.

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, speaks with reporters in New York after pleading not guilty to charges that he ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme to build a southern border wall. Trump is expected to pardon Bannon, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, as part of a flurry of last-minute clemency action that appears to be still in flux in the last hours of his presidency. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez, File)

I was infuriated, but not surprised, to see the entire Utah congressional delegation vote against holding Steve Bannon accountable for ignoring a congressional subpoena.

For four years, we saw former President Trump and his administration subvert the rule of law in countless ways, including flippantly stonewalling congressional oversight into their actions.

Now, our congressional delegation continues to countenance that despicable practice, solely because they don’t like the subject of the investigation.

One can only surmise that they have bought into the Big Lie that President Biden did not really win in 2020, and so the Jan. 6 mob attack on the Capitol incited by former President Trump is not worthy of investigation.

In response to a congressional subpoena, Bannon did not even bother to show up to offer whatever defenses he may have, instead choosing to just obey Trump’s orders and ignore the demand for testimony and documents. Thankfully, nine Republicans put country over party and joined the Democrats in voting to refer Bannon to the Justice Department for prosecution. I am ever hopeful, but not optimistic, that our Utah delegation will someday realize that without the rule of law, our country and all it stands for will quickly disintegrate.

Ira Rubinfeld, Springdale

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