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Steve Bannon On Capital Hill

Steve Bannon On Capital Hill

Steve Bannon testified before the House Intelligence Committee as part of their Russian Federation investigation and apparently refused to answer nearly any questions about his time at the White House.

Steve Bannon made one conspicuous slip up in his closed-door hearing on Tuesday with the House Intelligence Committee, according to four sources with direct knowledge of the confidential proceedings. "That is no one's definition of executive privilege."I certainly have never heard of an example where executive privilege is claimed for a president-elect, I have never heard of privilege being claimed for conversations between two people that don't include the president, which were precluded from being asked about today", Rep. Jim Himes, a Connecticut Democrat and a member of the committee, told CNN's Anderson Cooper Tuesday".

"No.no. Steve has had very, very little contact with the White House since he left", Kelly said, when asked if Bannon invoked executive privilege during certain lines of questioning.

In a letter back to the committee Wednesday, Burck suggested it would be "unprofessional and possibly unethical to expect to depose a witness who has had no opportunity to review relevant documents", concluding it would be "unreasonable" to expect Bannon to comply with the request by Thursday afternoon. "We've been cooperating fully with these ongoing investigations and encourage the committees to work with us to find an appropriate accommodation in order to ensure Congress obtains information necessary to its legitimate interests".

Lawmakers told Politico the White House ordered Bannon not to talk about his time working on the Trump transition team and in the West Wing.

Bannon immediately realized he'd slipped up and disclosed conversations he wasn't supposed to discuss, because they happened while he was chief strategist in the White House. But it's unclear if executive privilege applies to happenings before President Donald Trump took office.

Kelly also spoke about his role at the White House, which started when he was hired last summer to replace Reince Priebus.

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Panel members insisted Wednesday that they never agreed to limits on Bannon's testimony. The President's personal legal team was aware of discussions between the White House counsel's office and Bannon's lawyer about protecting a possible privilege claim.

Schiff said that a GOP staffer was told ahead of time that Bannon would refuse to answer certain questions, but that his resistance "came as quite a surprise to our entire committee".

In the testimony, Bannon downplayed his comments published in Michael Wolff's book, saying it was "hyperbole" when he described the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and members of the Trump campaign with Russians as treasonous and unpatriotic, two sources said.

But the tense exchange of letters between Burck and the committee is putting Bannon's expected congressional testimony into doubt.

Hicks, a trusted Trump aide for years, was one of then-candidate Trump's first hires as he put together an improbable run for the White House.

Schiff praised Dearborn for answering "every question that we asked" with "no claim of privilege. and no attempt to hide behind a potential later invocation of privilege by the president".


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