Washington –A close ally of former President Donald Trump spoke to a House Select Committee investigating the issue. He said he was willing to testify after being charged late last year after refusing to comply with the panel’s subpoena and denying the request.
Bannon’s attorney, Robert Costello, said in a letter to committee chairman Benny Thompson on Saturday that the former White House chief strategist “is willing, indeed prefers, to testify at your public hearing.”
In the letter, obtained by CBS News, Costello wrote: “While Mr. Bannon remains steadfast in his convictions, the situation has now changed.” Bannon’s attorney said that while former President Donald Trump has exercised executive privilege over his statements and documents, the former president “has determined that it would be in the best interests of the American people to waive executive privilege for Bannon” and has agreed to abide by that decision. select the subpoena of the commission.
Trump sent a letter to Costello and Bannon on Saturday, also obtained by CBS News, in which he said he would waive executive privilege if Bannon and the committee agreed “on the time and place of your testimony.”
The Guardian first reported that Bannon was set to appear before the panel.
Although Trump claimed he was using executive privilege, U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols rejected Bannon’s argument that as a former White House official, there is no obligation to comply with a select committee subpoena when executive privilege is claimed. Bannon had asked the court to drop the criminal case against him, but Nichols denied that request last month.
Bannon’s turn is just comingThe lawsuit filed by the Ministry of Justice will be initiated.
The lawsuit stems from Bannonwith the committee’s subpoena for his records and testimony, first issued in late September. Then Home Because he opposed the demand of Congress and he was in November on two counts of contempt of Congress. Bannon pleaded not guilty to both charges.
Asked if Bannon would be willing to testify before the select committee, panel member Rep. Jamie Raskin said he thought “certain” investigators would be “very interested” in hearing from him.
“I understand from the reports today that he’s changed his mind and after watching, probably all these guys coming forward, you know, Cassidy, Hutchinson, you know, he’s decided he wants to come in,” Raskin said in a
But the Maryland Democrat suggested Bannon would first have to sit for a taped deposition behind closed doors, as he has for other witnesses.
Rob Legare contributed to this report
Steve Bannon is set to testify before the committee on Jan. 6, days before his contempt trial begins
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