Steve Bannon Gets Week Extension From House Panel

Strategist Stephen Bannon speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor Maryland U.S

White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor Maryland Thomson Reuters

He might not have much leverage in that situation, but Bannon has more to play with the House Intelligence Committee.

The House panel voted unanimously Monday to release the Democratic memo, sending it to the White House.

As a second week of memo-watching commenced, the committee was also prepared to interview Steve Bannon, Trump's former chief strategist, as part of the Russian Federation probe.

But emails released by Donald Trump Jr. just days later revealed he accepted the meeting after a British publicist promised dirt on his father's election rival Hillary Clinton.

Neither the White House nor Bannon's attorney responded to TPM's requests for comment. During that meeting, he frustrated lawmakers on both sides of the aisle by refusing to answer questions pertaining to his time in the White House.

Carlson had previously slammed the Democratic lawmaker for engaging in the same activities he called treasonous in denouncing the Trump administration.

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Conway's office said the committee itself - which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election - had made a decision to delay the interview with Bannon.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has said he supports the release of the Democrats' memo, if sensitive intelligence information is removed.

Trump says on Twitter Monday: "Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan and Clapper!"

This is not the first time the committee has pushed back its subpoena as it has negotiated with Bannon over answering questions about the transition and his time in the White House, which he did not answer when he was interviewed last month. "And I think the fact that he actively engaged with these Ukrainian principals, the fact that he goes on 'Russia Today, ' the Russian sponsored television channel, to talk about our intelligence system certainly indicates that Adam Schiff should step aside", Gaetz reiterated. But he fell from grace with the president after voicing disparaging views of White House operations and other Trump advisers in author Michael Wolff's recently published book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Specifically, the memo takes aim at the FBI's use of information from former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled a dossier containing allegations of ties between Trump, his associates and Russian Federation.

Bannon is also scheduled to be interview by special counsel Robert Mueller's team next week.

The Democratic document aims to counter the Republican document, which accused the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department of abusing their authority in monitoring a onetime Trump campaign associate. "That's been proven to be false", he said, referring to the national security risk he claimed would follow the FISA memo release. Even as Democrats described it as inaccurate, some Republicans quickly cited the memo - released over the objections of the FBI and Justice Department - in their arguments that Mueller's investigation is politically tainted. The Republican memo criticizes methods the Federal Bureau of Investigation used to obtain a surveillance warrant on a one-time Trump campaign associate.

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