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Steve Bannon subpoenaed in Russian investigation, Fox News reports

Steve Bannon subpoenaed in Russian investigation, Fox News reports”

Bannon, President Trump's former chief strategist, was subpoenaed last week by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to testify before a grand jury as part of the investigation into possible links between Mr. Trump's associates and Russian Federation, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

His insider role during the Trump election campaign and in the White House could provide crucial details to the committee, which is seeking to understand the extent of contact between Trump and his advisors and Russian Federation, which is accused of interfering with the 2016 election. Hope Hicks, the White House communications director, could meet with the committee as soon as Friday.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday that the White House was not concerned with what Bannon might say to Congress or special counsel Robert Mueller's team.

The subpoena may have been a negotiating tactic to convince Mr Bannon to sit down with Mr Mueller for a less-formal interview in the special counsel's offices, legal experts said. The person was not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations. Neither Bannon nor his lawyer immediately responded to a request for comment on Monday.

Mr Bannon was not present at the meeting, nor during the drafting of the President's misleading statement on this issue - both of which are reportedly of interest to Mr Mueller.

Significant grand jury activity may undermine the case that White House officials have made for months: that they believe the inquiry is coming to an end and are convinced that the president will be cleared.

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is refusing to answer questions from a House committee about his work during the presidential transition or his time working in President Donald Trump's White House.

Bannon, who has been mostly quiet since the release of an incendiary book about President Donald Trump year last week in which he figured prominently as a source, was seen arriving in Congress for the hearing early Tuesday.

"It's kind of a game of separation-of-powers chicken that's going on there", he said.

"The scope of this assertion of privilege, if that's what it is, is breathtaking".

Burck said in a statement that "executive privilege belongs to the President of the United States".

Dorf said that though it seems unusual for a witness' lawyer to consult in real time with the White House about which questions can be answered, it is a "bit more respectful" than a pre-emptive blanket refusal to answer questions. He never served in the White House.

Although Bannon was not a campaign official at the time, investigators will still want to know if he spoke to Trump Jr., Kushner, Manafort or anyone else on the campaign about what happened at the meeting and what contact the campaign may have had with participants after the meeting.

In response, Nunes issued a subpoena to compel Bannon to answer the committee's questions. Last September, weeks after leaving the White House in August, he described the investigation to CBS's Charlie Rose as a "farce" and a "waste of time".

"Only Steve Bannon could unite this committee", said Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill. He said the committee expects to have Bannon return for more questioning.



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