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Bannon is said to refuse to testify before House committee

Bannon is said to refuse to testify before House committee”

Democrats could seek a vote on publicly releasing their rebuttal memo when the GOP-led House Intelligence Committee meets late Monday afternoon.

It also takes attention from the separate investigations by special counsel Robert Mueller and the Senate intelligence committee. Democrats are seeking to push back on the Republican document, which questions the Federal Bureau of Investigation methods used to apply for a surveillance warrant on a onetime Trump campaign associate. Trump has until the end of the week to decide whether to allow its release.

Neither the White House nor Bannon's attorney responded to TPM's requests for comment.

"The professional and active discussions between the (special counsel) and the president's personal lawyers regarding how and under what terms information will be exchanged are understandably private", said a statement put out by the White House.

He says that then, "we'll brief the president on it and he will have a decision to make" on whether to declassify it entirely, or perhaps declassify it with some redactions.

A White House spokesman says Trump will "consider" the Democratic memo's release the same way he considered the Republican document.

Now that President Donald Trump joined Republican partisans on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee in making public a GOP-authored memo questioning the FBI's conduct in the Russian Federation probe, he is obligated to OK release of the Democratic counterpoint. No date has been set for the Mueller interview. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record about details of the interview.

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.

Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, is refusing to appear for a second time before the House Intelligence Committee, according to the panel's top Democrat, who wants him forced to appear under subpoena. At issue is whether the White House will allow Bannon to answer questions about his time in the Trump administration.

Bannon was not planning on showing up ahead of a Tuesday deadline because the White House and committee haven't reached an agreement over the scope of the questioning, a source said Monday.

Trump has said the GOP memo "vindicates" him.

"The goal here is to undermine the FBI, discredit the FBI, discredit the Mueller investigation, do the president's bidding", Schiff said, adding that he thinks "it's very possible" that Nunes' staff worked with the White House.

Nunes was asked during a January 29 committee meeting whether he had co-ordinated the memo with the 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. President Donald Trump insists it exonerates him and his campaign staff of claims they cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Mueller's team has already talked to multiple White House officials and others involved with Trump's campaign for president, as part of its criminal probe into the Russian Federation interference in the US election and whether Trump obstructed justice by firing James Comey, the one-time director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who was heading the agency's Russian Federation investigation at the time Trump dismissed him.



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