Democrat cites 'pattern' of USA administration refusals to testify in Russian Federation probe

Bannon will not turn up for interview with House Intelligence Committee despite subpoena: report

The top Democrat on the panel, Congressman Adam Schiff of California, said Bannon's lawyer told the committee this week the White House is continuing to block Bannon's testimony "beyond a set of 14 yes-or-no questions the White House had pre-approved".

Schiff called the White House stance "unacceptable" and said the subpoena remains in effect, with Bannon's interview rescheduled for next week. Bannon previously went before the House Intel Committee and answered questions about his time serving on Trump's campaign, but kept quiet regarding his work on Trump's transition team and as part of the administration. One of the sources said the White House had not authorized Bannon to answer committee questions. This is the third time the committee has had to delay Bannon's testimony after his initial appearance last month.

The committee has twice delayed Bannon's return to the committee amid negotiations over whether he could answer questions about topics during the transition period and his time at the White House.

President Donald Trump has not read a classified memo prepared by House intelligence committee Democrats in the panel's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., strides to a GOP conference joined at right by Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., also a member of the Intelligence Committee, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. The panel wants him to appear again to follow up on a January 16 appearance that failed to satisfy some of its members.

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The committee, in light of Bannon's expected absence, could move to hold him in contempt, beginning a process that could end in a full House vote authorizing GOP leaders to seek criminal charges against Bannon.

Lewandowski was sacked as Trump's campaign manager on June 20, 2016.

Trump's staff have tried to utilize the concept of executive privilege to withhold information from the committee.

Although executive privilege is not a new idea and has been asserted by past presidents, constitutional law professor at University of North Carolina School of Law Michael Gerhardt said only Trump himself can invoke the argument.

Things haven't gone Steve Bannon's way since he got on the wrong side of President Trump. The report says further the lawyers believe Mueller should not be legally allowed to question the president about some aspects of the investigation. "They can't order [Bannon] to do anything, but he has an interest in keeping the [White House] happy".

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