Published: Thu, February 08, 2018
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House panel gives Bannon another week to comply with subpoena

House panel gives Bannon another week to comply with subpoena

Sources told Reuters on Monday that former chief strategist Steve Bannon would not testify before the US House of Representatives on Tuesday, despite a subpoena requesting his presence.

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has forced the House Intelligence Committee to delay an interview with him for the third time despite a bipartisan congressional subpoena, and will instead be questioned next week, according to a spokesperson for Rep. Michael Conway, who runs the House Russia investigation.

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. Representative Mike Conaway, a senior Republican committee member, told reporters on Monday he expected Bannon to comply with a subpoena and answer questions on Tuesday.

A highly anticipated House Intelligence Committee interview with Stephen Bannon has been postponed until next week, the committee said on Tuesday, as negotiations continue over the terms of his appearance. "Should Bannon maintain his refusal to return and testify fully to all questions, the committee should begin contempt proceedings to compel his testimony", Schiff said in a statement.

Lewandowski had been expected to return for a second, voluntary session behind closed doors to answer questions from the committee that he declined to answer in his January 17 appearance - those touching on any topic after his departure from Trump's presidential campaign.

"When he was sacked, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind", Trump said of Bannon.

House Intelligence is one of three congressional committees investigating Russian Federation and the 2016 United States election, after USA intelligence agencies found that Russian Federation attempted to influence the campaign on Trump's behalf. Bannon had received a subpoena requiring him to appear at the panel.

Moscow denies meddling in the presidential election, and Trump denies any collusion between his associates and Moscow.

The Times said that according to four people briefed on the issue, Trump's lawyers have concerns about whether the president would make false or contradictory statements and thus open himself up to possible charges of lying to federal investigators.

"It is not unusual for a White House to try to control the questioning of current or former employees,"Gerhardt said". Lewandowski had previously refused to answer questions about his experiences after leaving the Trump campaign in July 2016, but said he was willing to come back another time. And we'll take the steps necessary.

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