House panel gives Bannon another week to comply with subpoena

Violet Powell
February 7, 2018

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is expected to be a no-show before the House Intelligence Committee, which is probing Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Escalating a tense standoff with the panel, Bannon isn't planning on showing up because the White House and committee haven't reached an agreement over the scope of the questioning, the source said.

Bannon declined to answer the questions in light of executive privilege concerns, a claim of privilege Rep. Adam Schiff, the panel's top Democrat, called "breathtaking".

The extension is the third time Bannon's interview has been postponed.

Bannon's attorney offered no comment on the subpoena requiring his client's appearance.

The committee has twice delayed Bannon's return to the committee amid negotiations over whether he could answer questions about topics during the transition period and his time at the White House. The panel wants him to appear again to follow up on a January 16 appearance that failed to satisfy some of its members.

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Sources told Fox News at the time that Bannon did not specifically invoke any sort of legal privilege, including executive privilege, to support his refusal to answer questions.

Moscow denies meddling in the presidential election, and Trump denies any collusion between his associates and Moscow. Executive privilege is a concept that originated with former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and argues that the president must be able to protect internal discussions in order to ensure that he or she will be able to receive honest advice from staff members.

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon listens at right as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on cyber security in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.

One of the people says Bannon plans to tell Mueller "everything" he knows.

"But again, I expect him to be here, expect him to answer the questions, and [we'll] go from there", Conaway said. "It has as much control as Bannon and his lawyer allow them".

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