Former White House strategist Steve Bannon was not expected to return to testify before the House of Representatives' intelligence committee on Thursday, a committee source said. As lawmakers probed Bannon's time working for Trump, his attorney got on the phone with the White House counsel's office, relaying questions and asking what Bannon could tell Congress.
Early in the session Bannon and his lawyer told lawmakers he would not answer questions about his time in the White House and transition, a source familiar with the interview told Politico.
It's unclear who Burck was communicating with in the White House. "That lawyer represented he was in contact with the White House and our staff was in contact with the majority staff with the White House, so we were all on the same page as far as what the White House's position was".
A book published this month, "Fire and Fury" by Michael Wolff, asserted that even Mr. Trump's own advisers and associates questioned the president's fitness for office.
Because Bannon refused to answer the House Intelligence Committee's questions on Tuesday, the committee served him with a subpoena during a break in the proceedings.
Burck wrote back to the committee Wednesday evening, telling Conaway and Schiff that they had given Bannon "plainly insufficient time" to carry out the request and that there was "no conceivable way" they could complete the discussions with the White House in time. His attorney reportedly told the committee that he will answer the special counsel's questions.
Bannon sat for 10 hours with the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill Tuesday as he faced questions for the investigation into whether the Trump campaign aided Russia's efforts to meddle in the election. Burk is also representing McGahn in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. "This was effectively a gag order by the White House preventing this witness from answering nearly any question concerning his time in the transition or the administration".
Former White House strategist Steve Bannon has received a grand jury subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the investigation into Russian election interference and possible ties to President Donald Trump's campaign. Dwight Eisenhower coined the term, and since then, lots of White Houses have used it to try to shield documents and conversations on sensitive subjects.
Panel members of both parties insisted they never agreed to limited terms and that Bannon's resistance caught them by surprise - particularly when he suggested executive privilege might apply to his work on the transition team, before Trump was actually president.