Bannon on Hill for closed-door interview in Russian Federation probe

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Schiff said the executive privilege claims in the congressional interview - which he said covered questions about the transition, administration, and Bannon's post-White House activities - were "breathtaking", "insupportable" and "at times it was laughable". Uber exec says "no justification" for covering up breach House Intel postpones Bannon interview in dispute over questioning Despite subpoena, Bannon won't appear before House Intelligence Committee: reports MORE (Texas), the senior Republican leading the probe into Russian election inteference, said the committee is planning to examine what further steps the committee can take to compel the former chief strategist to provide answers.

Asked if he personally felt Bannon should be held in contempt, Conaway said: "I think he should answer our questions".

The White House sent a letter to Capitol Hill late Wednesday laying out its explanation for why Trump's transition period falls under its authority to assert executive privilege, a move meant to shield Bannon from answering questions about that time period, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

Lawmakers are reportedly indicating that Bannon should be held in contempt of Congress is he fails to show up for his interview once again. "Contempt is a big deal, and I don't have unilateral control over that conversation", he said, adding that he'll be in conversation with House Speaker Paul Ryan and lawyers to decide on the path forward.

The escalating fight between Congress and the White House over the privilege issue has centred around Bannon, an outsized figure in President Donald Trump's campaign and White House and an inspiration to some conservatives as he has publicly battled the Republican establishment.

"He did not answer all the questions we'd like answered", said Conaway, who called the meeting "frustrating".

After falling afoul of both the Trump administration and Breitbart, Steve Bannon may nowalso find himself in contempt of Congress.

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The Intelligence Committee has been looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Panel members on both sides of the aisle also stressed that Bannon could not cite nonexistent privilege as an excuse to avoid their questions.

Bannon is one of several key Trump associates whose testimony has been delayed before the House panel. Republicans and Democrats subpoenaed him after he similarly refused to answer some questions in a January interview. Florida Rep. Tom Rooney said Tuesday that if Bannon didn't co-operate with the panel and they didn't hold him in contempt, that would set a bad precedent. "I think he came in and answered eight hours' worth of questions based on the letter we sent him and his employment with the Trump Organization and Trump campaign".

After the interview, Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley said Bannon answered Republicans' questions "no better than" his own.

Throughout the week, questions swirled over whether Republicans on the committee would move to enforce the subpoena against Bannon if he refused to answer their questions, or if he simply failed to show up. But the decision-makers would not include panel chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who has, Conaway said.

"I think the next step for the Congress to take is to initiate contempt proceedings", said California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee.

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