Bannon not expected to appear before House Intel Tuesday despite subpoena

Casey Dawson
February 7, 2018

Schiff said the panel would consider holding Bannon in contempt of Congress if he followed White House orders against testifying beyond a pre-approved set of 14 yes-or-no questions.

Bannon and his legal counsel have indicated to the committee that the Trump administration still does not want Bannon to discuss his time on the transition team or in the White House, sources tell Fox News.

The house panel wants Mr Bannon to testify as part of its investigation of allegations that Russian Federation sought to influence the 2016 presidential election in the United States, following up on his January 16 appearance that failed to satisfy some members of the committee.

If Bannon refuses to appear before the House committee, its members could vote to hold him in contempt.

The committee has made a decision to postpone his interview until next week to allow time for the committe and the White House to agree on the terms of the interview. This is the third time the committee has had to delay Bannon's testimony after his initial appearance last month. "We look forward to having him before the Committee once we can assure that he will be able to thoroughly answer all our questions without concerns regarding the scope of executive privilege".

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"Testifying before the Special Counsel does not obviate Mr. Bannon's obligations under the subpoena issued by the Committee", Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, the committee's ranking Democrat said on Tuesday in a statement. Members of the committee have said privilege would not apply.

A follow up hearing on January 18 was postponed after Bannon's lawyers raised concerns about what he could be asked by panel members.

Things haven't gone Steve Bannon's way since he got on the wrong side of President Trump.

"Executive privilege relates to material generated for or on behalf of the President, not anyone else working in the White House".

One of the people says Bannon plans to tell Mueller "everything" he knows. Conaway said. "There are questions that need to be answered".

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