Bannon Will Be a No-Present for Home Intel Interview


The top Democrat in the U.S. House Intelligence Committee said on Tuesday the panel should begin contempt proceedings if Steve Bannon, a former advisor to President Donald Trump, continues to refuse to testify in an investigation of Russian Federation and the 2016 presidential election.

Earlier Monday, Representative Mike Conaway, a Texas Republican who is running the Intelligence Committee's investigation, said that Bannon had been subpoenaed to appear before the committee Tuesday.

"Should Bannon maintain his refusal to return and testify fully to all questions, the Committee should begin contempt proceedings to compel his testimony".

Bannon is not expected to appear before the committee because the White House and the intelligence panel have not yet reached an agreement on the scope of questions he could face, CNN and Reuters reported. His lawyer has been negotiating with the committee and the White House about the terms of his interview - and at issue, is whether the White House will allow Bannon to answer questions about his time in the Trump administration.

The White House sought to exercise control over what kinds of questions Bannon answered for the committee during his appearance in January, and Bannon and his lawyer reportedly frustrated Committee members by taking numerous breaks to make phone calls to the president's counsel in order to ask which questions he should answer, according to Foreign Policy. That assertion "stopped this last time", Rooney said. "And if we have a subpoena out there that's being ignored and we don't do anything about it, guess what: Nobody's going to come down to [the committee] anymore and answer questions".

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The White House and the president's legal team have not responded to requests for comment.

Says Schiff: "Mr. President, I see you've had a busy morning of 'Executive Time.' Instead of tweeting false smears, the American people would appreciate it if you turned off the TV and helped solve the funding crisis, protected Dreamers or.really anything else". According to one of the sources speaking with Reuters, Bannon would answer Mueller's questions when he appears to testify before him.

President Donald Trump now has five days to decide whether to allow the Democratic memo to be released. "But, Bannon is not the one to assert executive privilege - only the president can do that", Gerhardt told Business Insider.

The US Investigation into an alleged collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian officials continues.