Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Russia Probe: Rep. Schiff On Bannon's Testimony Before House Panel

Russia Probe: Rep. Schiff On Bannon's Testimony Before House Panel

And in it, the president's counsel went on record as saying his client is quite willing to give an interview to special counsel Robert Mueller.

Bannon was sacked by the White House in August, though he continued to speak with Trump and promoted the president's agenda after his ouster until their falling out this year.

Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor running to become IL attorney general, said investigators generally preferred to meet witnesses in an informal setting.

The committee chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes of California, issued the subpoena after Bannon refused to answer questions about his time on the presidential transition or his work in the Trump White House, Nunes' spokesman said. "This is part of a judicial-recognized process."When Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared before the House Intelligence Committee, in order to preserve the right for Trump to invoke privilege, he refused to answer questions about whether Trump instructed him to hinder the Russian Federation investigation".

Burck is also representing White House Counsel Don McGahn and Trump's former chief of staff, Reince Preibus.

As the Russian Federation investigation continues to hang over the White House, Republicans in Congress have sought to turn the tables on the FBI by calling into question the fairness and methods of senior agents. Burck declined to comment on the potential for conflicts. Two sources have confirmed to CBS News' Margaret Brennan that the calls were not made from the interview room during the Tuesday testimony - rather, Bannon's attorney stepped out to consult with the White House.

Speaking to CBS News correspondent Major Garrett for the podcast "The Takeout", Ty Cobb said Trump "wants to put the matter to rest", adding that there were now "active discussions" about a possible meeting between the president and Mueller's team. The source familiar with the matter said the White House had instructed Bannon not to answer questions about his time during the transition and the White House unless and until the committee and the White House can reach agreement on the proper scope of questioning in light of executive privilege concerns. The goal of the cooperation, from the White House perspective, has been to help the investigation conclude as quickly as possible. But it wasn't their decision, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

Mr Mueller's subpoena, which was issued last week, could be a pressure tactic to induce Mr Bannon to cooperate fully with his investigation.

MARTIN: Representative Adam Schiff, ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, thanks for your time. But it's unclear if executive privilege applies to happenings before President Donald Trump took office.

The article said deputy White House counsel Uttam Dhillon presented legal rationale that the Trump administration might be able to limit the testimony of Bannon and others under executive privilege claims. Dhillon later served as a senior Department of Homeland Security official. He is also looking into what Trump knew, if anything, and when he knew it as well as if the president attempted to obstruct justice when he told former FBI director James Comey to stop his investigation into Michael Flynn's role.

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