Former chief strategist for President Trump, Steve Bannon has had his share of interviews or interrogations lately. The latest round was at the House Intelligence Committee and was a closed-door meeting. Ranking member Adam Schiff was pretty much irate at the lack of information that he received from Bannon. Mr. Bannon declined to answer almost all of the questions due to Executive Privilege. That seems reasonable if you were working for the President. So what is the big deal, Mr. Schiff?
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House Democrats said Thursday they are looking at initiating contempt proceedings against former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, complaining that he cited “executive privilege” to brush off a host of questions during a tense closed-door interview with the House Intelligence Committee.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told reporters that Bannon stonewalled “almost all of the questions,” with the exception of a series of 25 scripted questions from the White House — all of which he answered “no.” Schiff added that Bannon said he had been instructed to invoke executive privilege by the White House.
“That claim of executive privilege is breathtaking and insupportable and, indeed at times, it was laughable,” Schiff said.
Schiff said that Democrats will push for initiating contempt charges against Bannon, a move that would require support from Republicans on the committee. Schiff said Republicans appeared supportive and will confer with their leadership on the next step.
“He’s brought our committee together,” he said.
Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., said the environment in the room was “surreal” and agreed with Schiff that Bannon should be held in contempt.
Republican Mike Conaway, of Texas, described that step as a “big deal,” but said the meeting was frustrating.
Bannon arrived on Capitol Hill for the session after being subpoenaed last month upon ….
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