Former presidential chief strategist Steve Bannon continues to face woes and challenges as he met hostilities from lawmakers on both parties during a contentious interview on Tuesday that lasted for more than 10 grueling hours. He was also hit with subpoenas on multiple fronts.
The former Breitbart executive also confirmed to the House Intelligence Committee that he was issued a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury.
Bannon woes did not end there as Rep. Mike Conaway and Rep. Devin Nunes said he was also slapped with a new subpoena on Tuesday from the committee itself. Conaway is the Texas Republican leading the committee’s Russia probe, while committee chairman Nunes, Republican from California, still signs off on subpoenas.
Top Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff claims on the other hand that the White House issued an “audacious” gag order to Bannon so he won’t respond to certain topics such as those related to his time during the transition period and while he was serving in the White House.
Conaway asserted that the subpoena for documents and testimony remains in effect and that the committee expects to get answers to its remaining questions.
Sources said Bannon was cut off by his lawyer from answering questions regarding the transition period of the Trump administration. The interview had to be stopped then, after which the committee issued a subpoena to force Bannon to divulge information.
Bannon also downplayed his supposed comments in Michael Wolff’s book, saying it was just “hyperbole” when he described the alleged meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and members of the Trump campaign with Russians at the Trump Tower in June 2016. In the book, Bannon supposedly described the alleged meeting as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday that the White House was not concerned with what Bannon might say to Congress or to the team of special counsel Robert Mueller.