Bannon is said to refuse to testify before House committee

 06 Feb 2018 - 8:26

Bannon is said to refuse to testify before House committee
File photo of Steve Bannon, the former advisor to President Trump, arrives at a House Intelligence Committee closed-door meeting, on January 16, 2018, in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP


Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is planning to skip a closed-door interview on Tuesday with a US House committee looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election despite being subpoenaed to appear, two people familiar with the matter said Monday.

Bannon told the House Intelligence Committee that he would show up if an agreement could be reached with the White House on the scope of the questioning, according to the people, who requested anonymity to discuss a sensitive legal matter.

In the meantime, one of the people said, Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, has agreed to be interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russian meddling in the election. He intends to answer all the questions, the person added. No date has been set for the Mueller interview.

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. "We have a subpoena for him in the morning.” Conaway said. "There are questions that need to be answered.”

"We’ve got all the tools the House has to enforce subpoenas,” Conaway said. "And we’ll take the steps necessary. But again, I expect him to be here to answer the questions and go from there.”

When Bannon appeared before the committee on Jan. 17, he refused to answer some questions, saying he was following White House instructions.

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