House panel gives Bannon another week to comply with subpoena

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A highly anticipated House Intelligence Committee interview with Stephen Bannon has been postponed until next week, the committee said on Tuesday, as negotiations continue over the terms of his appearance.

"The White House's bar on Bannon's testimony covers matters during the transition, his tenure at the White House, and his communications with the President since leaving government service, even though the President has not in fact invoked executive privilege", Mr. Schiff said in a statement.

Representative Mike Conaway of Texas, the top Republican in the intelligence panel's Russian Federation investigation, said on Monday evening that he was "not aware of any executive privilege" being invoked to allow Bannon to sidestep questions about his conversations with Trump.

Bannon told the House Intelligence Committee that he would show up if an agreement could be reached with the White House on the scope of the questioning, according to the people, who requested anonymity to discuss a sensitive legal matter.


The committee has chose to postpone his interview until next week to allow time for the committe and the White House to agree on the terms of the interview.

His previous visit to the committee lasted more than 10 hours, and senior lawmakers in both parties said afterward that Bannon, the former executive chairman of the far-right Breitbart News, declared he would not answer questions about his time in the White House - or serving on Trump's presidential transition team.

Some members of the committee expressed frustration at Bannon's unwillingness to testify. Members of the committee have said privilege would not apply. That meeting took place between members of Trump's campaign team and a Russian lawyer who had promised Donald Trump, Jr. compromising information on 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. "But, Bannon is not the one to assert executive privilege - only the president can do that", Gerhardt told Business Insider.

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