Bannon subpoenaed to testify before grand jury in Russia investigation
- Author: Joey Payne Jan 18, 2018,
Jan 18, 2018, 3:42
Bannon did not respond to requests for comment.
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon refused to tell the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday about his time at the White House, with the exception of one major "slip-up", the website Axios reported.
"This was effectively a gag order by the White House preventing this witness from answering nearly any question concerning his time in the administration and many questions even after he left the administration", Mr Schiff said.
The official would not say what the White House wants to discuss with House Intelligence or what questions about Bannon's time on the transition or in the White House the administration would seek to block.
Bannon was quizzed behind closed doors by the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, the first time he has testified in the probe investigating whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in its bid to influence the 2016 United States elections.
Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.
It was the first time Mr Mueller is known to have used a subpoena against a member of Mr Trump's inner circle, the paper reported.
The subpoena is a sign that Bannon is not personally the focus of the investigation. Bannon refused to answers questions, provoking a subpoena from the panel's Republican chairman. While nobody knows what he will say under oath, he may have damaging information on Trump's family and associates-not to mention Trump himself.
Mr Mueller's subpoena, which was issued last week, could be a pressure tactic to induce Mr Bannon to cooperate fully with his investigation. Burk is also representing McGahn in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into s between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Wolff stands by his account. That put him in a key position at a time when Democratic emails stolen by Moscow-linked hackers were being published and when senior Trump advisers were subject to approaches by a number of Russians.
Last week he stepped down from Breitbart News, which he had helped make a powerful conservative force, and he lost the support of the Mercer family, wealthy conservative power brokers. Hope Hicks, the White House communications director, could meet with the committee as soon as Friday. It is rumored that the counsel will use this subpoena as a negotiation tool to have Bannon questioned in a less formal setting.
Sanders was also asked if the president "was prepared for the investigation to last into the months to come".
The official said the White House offered to send an attorney to attend the interview and was told the move wasn't necessary. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
Agency leaders, for a time, resisted turning the documents over.
He was told not to discuss his work on the transition to, or in, the White House.
"I'll tell you anything", Lewandowski said.
One agent said he's now concerned that forms identifying Federal Bureau of Investigation informants would be handed over to Congress. Nobody has linked him with Russian Federation or Putin, but rumours are abounding and one does not know what will happen in the future.
"Trump has let it be known to intimates that there's no coming back", says Roger Stone, who was sacked by Trump around the same time as Nunberg. "We're not asserting anything", the official said.