Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Steve Bannon Subpoenaed in Russia Investigation

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It was the first time Mueller is known to have used a subpoena against a member of Trump's inner circle, the Times said.

"They are going to try to get an understanding of the relationships and how things worked and explain why he came to that opinion", said Peter Zeidenberg, a former deputy special counsel.

Bannon was also highly critical of a meeting Kushner, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and Trump's eldest son Donald Trump Jr. took with two Russian lobbyists in June 2016.

The same source familiar with the matter, while confirming Mueller's subpoena of Bannon, said that the White House has not placed any restrictions on Bannon's testimony to Mueller and that he is free to cooperate fully with Mueller's investigation and answer any questions Mueller's team poses to him.

"The scope of this assertion of privilege, if that's what it is, is breathtaking".

News of the subpoena comes on the same day that Bannon appeared on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to provide testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in their probe into Russian meddling.

Now, the spurned-yet-still-proud nationalist (who also testified in front of the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door Tuesday session) has received a legal notice of a different type.

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But Bannon played a critical role in the campaign, the presidential transition and the White House - all periods of time now under scrutiny from congressional investigators looking for possible evidence of a connection between Trump's operations and Russian Federation.

Dorf referred to the court case surrounding the Supreme Court's rejection in 1974 of President Richard Nixon's assertion that he could use executive privilege to prevent the release of tape recordings involving him and other aides. It adds that Mueller could potentially allow Bannon to avoid a grand jury appearance if he agrees to answering questions by investigators at the special counsel's office.

Committee investigators are also eager to ask Mr. Bannon and - neither of whom have been publicly accused of any wrongdoing - to detail their relationship with Papadopoulos.

Rep. Jim Himes, a Connecticut Democrat on the committee, told CNN's Anderson Cooper that Conaway made a determination that the "expansive claim of executive privilege doesn't apply", and said that Bannon puts himself at risk of contempt of Congress if he doesn't answer questions.

Nunes declined to discuss why or what questions he hoped to compel Bannon to answer. "If the White House is permitted to maintain that kind of gag rule on a witness, no congressional investigation could ever be effective".

On Wednesday, White House officials said that the phone calls with the counsel's office were standard procedure followed by past administrations in dealings with Congress. "It goes well beyond anything that we've seen in this investigation", Schiff said.

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