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Bannon's House Intel testimony postponed

Bannon's House Intel testimony postponed

Representative Mike Conaway of Texas, the top Republican in the intelligence panel's Russian Federation investigation, said on Monday evening that he was "not aware of any executive privilege" being invoked to allow Bannon to sidestep questions about his conversations with Trump.

The sources also said that Bannon's team has raised the issue of whether privilege could be invoked to shield him from questions about those topics, even though members of both parties on the committee say no such privilege would apply.

Mr. Bannon had a very public fall from grace early this year after being quoted extensively in Michael Wolff's tell-all book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" and has thus far had a return interview with the House Intelligence committee pushed back three times.

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Bannon first met with the House Intelligence Committee last month. 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".

Schiff said Republicans and Democrats on the committee are united that these prohibitions are unacceptable and that the panel could hold Bannon in contempt.

"Our subpoenas have to matter", Republican Rep. Tom Rooney, a member of the House intelligence panel, told reporters.

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The House intelligence committee is giving former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon another week to negotiate the terms of a closed-door interview. According to one of the sources speaking with Reuters, Bannon would answer Mueller's questions when he appears to testify before him.

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. "But, Bannon is not the one to assert executive privilege - only the president can do that", Gerhardt told Business Insider.

According to the reports, Bannon is willing to answer questions from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's team, which is conducting the criminal probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

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