Bannon Won't Appear Before House Intel Panel Despite Subpoena

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Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is not expected to appear before the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday, risking being held in contempt for failing to comply with a subpoena, according to a source close to the process.

Monday evening, Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, the Republican leading the panel's Russian Federation probe, told reporters he expected Bannon to appear.

According to CNN, Bannon's lawyers are still waiting for clarification over whether or not executive privilege can be used for things that happened during the campaign.

Rooney recalled that Bannon, during his appearance in the House last month, suggested that executive privilege might cover his time on the transition before Trump formally took office.

Defying the subpoena could result a contempt of Congress charge for the former far-right media mogul, who recently fell from grace after his comments about President Donald Trump's son were made public in Michael Wolff's new "Fire and Furry" book on the Trump White House.

Conway's office said the committee itself - which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election - had chose to delay the interview with Bannon. This is the third time the committee has had to delay Bannon's testimony after his initial appearance last month. "And if we have a subpoena out there that's being ignored and we don't do anything about it, guess what: Nobody's going to come down to [the committee] anymore and answer questions".

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Conaway told reporters Monday evening he expected Bannon to comply with the subpoena demands of the committee and was unaware of any deal to limit the answers he would provide to the panel.

Democrats on the panel wrote the memo in an effort to counter some of the arguments and evidence put forward by Republicans in a document of their own, declassified by Trump last week. "But, Bannon is not the one to assert executive privilege - only the president can do that", Gerhardt told Business Insider.

President Donald Trump now has five days to decide whether to allow the Democratic memo to be released.

Gerhardt added that the degree to which the White House can exert control over his testimony before investigators depends on Bannon and his team.

It comes as doubts were also raised about whether Donald Trump would face questions from the special investigation into Russian collusion after his lawyers reportedly urged him to refuse an invitation.