Sources told Reuters on Monday that former chief strategist Steve Bannon would not testify before the US House of Representatives on Tuesday, despite a subpoena requesting his presence. One of the sources reportedly said the White House had not authorized Bannon to answer the panel’s questions.
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Former White House chief strategist and alt-Right news executive Steve Bannon will not testify before the US House of Representatives on Tuesday, two anonymous sources told Reuters on Monday. Bannon had received a subpoena requiring him to appear at the panel.
One of the sources reportedly said the White House had not authorized Bannon to answer the panel’s questions. The House Intelligence Committee requested Bannon to testify as part of its investigation into an alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Nevertheless, senior Republican committee member Mike Conaway told reporters on Monday that he expected Bannon to comply with the subpoena. Bannon is also scheduled to be questioned by Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Mueller next week. According to one of the sources speaking with Reuters, Bannon would answer Mueller’s questions when he appears to testify before him.
The US Investigation into an alleged collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian officials continues. On Friday, Trump and members of the Republican party released a controversial memo concerning the probe. According to the four-page document, the FBI had abused its power in its investigation of the presidential campaign and applied for a wiretap with insufficient context for surveillance.
“I think it’s a disgrace what’s happening in our country,” Trump told reporters when asked about the memo’s contents. “A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves.”
Trump has repeatedly denied allegations concerning his campaign’s ties with Russia. Russia has also denied all interference with the election.