Schiff: House Intel 'United' That Bannon Should Answer All Their Questions

Steve Bannon former advisor to President Trump will not appear before the House Intelligence Committee for a scheduled interview

Steve Bannon former advisor to President Trump will not appear before the House Intelligence Committee for a scheduled interview

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

President Donald Trump now has five days to decide whether to allow the Democratic memo to be released.

The committee has subpoenaed Bannon to appear but the interview has been pushed back three times. "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", Emily Hytha, a spokeswoman for Republican Representative Mike Conaway, who has helped oversee the committee's Trump-Russia investigation, said in a statement.

Bannon could not immediately be reached for comment.

Congressman Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican leading the panel's investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 USA presidential election, said he had expected Bannon to appear to answer questions, but Bannon was a no-show, part of lawmakers' ongoing dispute with the White House over the scope of their questioning of Bannon.

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

Bannon's initial appearance in front of the House Intel Committee last month devolved into confusion when he, apparently upon instructions from the White House, declined to answer any questions covering the time after the 2016 campaign.

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Schiff said Bannon's attorney informed the panel that the White House would not let him testify beyond 14 pre-approved yes-or-no questions.

Committee Republicans said Bannon's appearance was postponed at the committee's initiative.

Committee members from both parties have denounced the White House's prohibitions, and stated that they could hold Bannon in contempt of Congress.

The panel wants Bannon to testify as part of its investigation of allegations that Russian Federation sought to influence the 2016 presidential election in the United States, following up on his January 16 appearance that failed to satisfy some members of the committee.

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.

Lewandowski was sacked as Trump's campaign manager on June 20, 2016. But he fell from grace with the president after voicing disparaging views of White House operations and other Trump advisers in author Michael Wolff's recently published book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

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