Democrats unsuccessfully tried to change the subject to a discussion on the holding of ex-White House aide Steve Bannon (left) in contempt, during a hearing on Thursday with FBI agent Peter Strzok.
The explosive hearing on Capitol Hill with disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok came to a brief halt on Thursday as Democrats tried unsuccessfully to change the subject to a discussion on the holding of ex-White House aide Steve Bannon in contempt for not answering questions from lawmakers at the beginning of this year.
California democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell made the motion to subpoena President Trump’s former adviser to house judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., a contempt citation for Strzok threatened now, if he still refuse to answer questions Thursday about the FBI-Russia-investigation.
“I’m moving to a subpoena, Steve Bannon,” Swalwell, threw up, right in the middle of a heated back-and-forth between Republicans on the house judiciary and oversight bodies, and Strzok about his refusal to certain questions from South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy.
Swalwell seemed to argue that, if the Republicans want to keep Strzok in contempt, you should also consider contempt proceedings for BANNERT. Bannon called executive privilege, when the door is closed the testimony on Capitol Hill earlier this year.
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“In our house, intelligence, investigation, and he was under subpoena,” Swalwell said Bannon. “He refused to answer a number of questions of Mr. Gowdy. Mr. Gowdy is a sincere interest, things seems, to the bottom of what happened. And so I move to bring it to the rule 11, Mr. Bannon this Committee.”
Swalwell called for subpoenaing Bannon, said: “contempt proceedings” should be done, if he refuses.
According to Swalwell summons BANNERT, Goodlatte moved decided that the application is not relevant. Swalwell is trying to overturn it, but the Republican majority in the Committee voted to table.
On Thursday, Strzok 2016 was rooted in the “deep patriotism testified that his political views, including anti-Trump texts to be replaced.”
He said, this opinion has no influence on his work.
Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.
Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.