Rep. Adam Schiff: May Subpoena Bannon and Lewandowski

Feb 08, 2018, 09:32
Rep. Adam Schiff: May Subpoena Bannon and Lewandowski

The former chief strategist to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, was scheduled to be interviewed behind closed doors Tuesday by the House intelligence committee, but the meeting has now been delayed.

"The House Intelligence Committee's interview with Stephen Bannon has been postponed at the Committee's initiative until next week", a spokesperson told Business Insider. Bannon's lawyer has been negotiating with the committee and the White House about the interview's terms.

Schiff said this "ban" on Bannon's testimony covered issues between Trump's election and inauguration, his time at the White House and communications with Trump since, even though Trump has not invoked executive privilege.

Moscow denies meddling in the presidential election, and Trump denies any collusion between his associates and Moscow.

The Mueller interview was confirmed by two people familiar with it. Schiff said Lewandowski now is refusing to return.

During that testimony, he was subpoenaed mid-hearing for his refusal to answer questions and said he would return.

Republicans on the committee, including Peter King of NY, said they agreed Lewandowski should be given time to prepare for questions he might not have anticipated.

"Over the past several weeks, we have seen a developing pattern: Some witnesses have been postponed, others canceled, and two specifically have refused to answer questions about the events in the period following the election of Donald Trump as President", Schiff said in a statement.

"This week, Steve Bannon's counsel informed the Committee that the White House continues to prohibit Mr. Bannon from testifying to the Committee beyond a set of fourteen yes-or-no questions the White House had pre-approved", Rep. Adam Schiff of California said in a statement, adding that the committee "remains united" and that the subpoenas are still in affect. After the document's release last week, the president quickly seized on it to vent his grievances against the nation's premier law enforcement agencies and said it "totally vindicates" him in the Russian Federation investigations. "As far as I know, no", he responded. Specifically, the memo takes aim at the FBI's use of information from former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled a dossier containing allegations of ties between Trump, his associates and Russian Federation. Members of the committee have said privilege would not apply.