Ship’s in danger of contempt against Steve Bannon after the tense closed-door session

Rep. Adam Schiff, right, told reporters that Steve Bannon supported “almost all issues” from the house Intelligence Committee.

(AP, file)

House Democrats said Thursday they are looking for the initiation of contempt proceedings against former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, complained that he cited “executive privilege”, the brush from a wide variety of issues closed during a tense-door interview with the House Intelligence Committee.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told reporters that Bannon supported “almost all issues”, with the exception of a series of 25 scripted questions from the White house-all of which he replied, “no.” Ship added that Bannon said he had been instructed to invoke executive privilege by the White house.

“This claim of executive privilege is breathtaking and unbearable and in fact, at times, it was ridiculous,” ship said.

Rep. Adam Schiff said Democrats would urge to keep BANNERT in contempt.


Ship said, that the Democrats push for the initiation of contempt against Bannon, a step that would require the support of Republicans in the Committee. Ship said the Republicans appeared to support and advise with your guide on the next step.

“He brought together our Committee,” he said.

Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., the environment said in the room surreal “was” and agreed with the ship that Bannon should be held in contempt.

Republican Mike Conaway, Texas, described this step as a “big deal”, but said the meeting was frustrating.

Bannon came to Capitol Hill for the meeting, after he was subpoenaed last month after refusing to answer questions about the alleged Russian interference in the election of 2016.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, a senior Republican on the panel, and one of the Republicans who supported the summons, said before the meeting that he would not be satisfied with Yes or no answers. But Gowdy would not say whether the Republicans would be to hold say BANNERT move in contempt, that was a question for the speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

The dispute surrounded whether Bannon could talk about the presidential transition and the communication with President Trump, since he left the White house in the summer.


In January, Bannon long interview with the investigators sat for hours to the Committee. At the meeting, BANNERT’s lawyer told the lawmakers that the White house had not managed to answer his clients questions about his time in the White house or at the changeover.

Bannon also interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller this week, as part of the FBI probe into the alleged Russian interference, a source close to the matter, said Fox News. NBC News reported that several interviews took place.

Fox News’ Catherine Herridge and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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