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Thursday, January 18, 2018

President Donald Trump's former adviser Steve Bannon refused to answer questions Tuesday from the House intelligence committee about his time in the White House, prompting panel members to subpoena him on the spot, according to a person familiar with the interview. Bannon appeared before the committee as part of its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, speaking just weeks after a falling-out with Trump over comments he made in an explosive new book. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) confirmed Tuesday that he issued a subpoena for Bannon. "Of course I authorized the subpoena," he told reporters. "That's how the rules work."

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According to the person familiar with the interview, Bannon's attorney told the committee he wouldn't discuss anything about his time in the White House or during the transition after the 2016 election. During that period, Trump allegedly sought a pledge of loyalty from then-FBI Director James Comey and later fired him.

The source said Republicans lawmakers -- including Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and former federal prosecutor Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) -- were frustrated that Bannon was not more forthcoming. Bannon did not invoke executive privilege, the source said.

Bannon, his attorney and his spokeswoman were not immediately available for comment. It was not immediately clear whether Bannon asserted executive privilege to avoid answering certain questions.

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LOCK HIM UP!

#1 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-01-16 10:04 PM | Reply

So much to hide; so little credibility to boast.

#2 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-01-16 10:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Lawmakers in both parties attributed Bannon's silence to the White House, which they said told him to refuse to discuss his time in the West Wing or on Trump's transition team. Bannon's refusal to speak clearly angered lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee, who vowed to make him speak."

""We're going to get answers from Mr. Bannon," said Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas, the top Republican on the committee's probe of Russian interference in the presidential election.

According to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), after the subpoena, Bannon's attorney contacted the White House, which he said "doubled down" on its demand that he refuse to answer the committee's questions.

"This was effectively a gag order by the White House," Schiff said after the interview concluded. He said he expected Bannon to return to the committee soon, without any restrictions demanded by the White House."

The so-called President has ordered a former staffer not to answer questions from a Congressional Investigative Committee looking into the so-called President's activities.

What is the so-called President hiding?

His NothingBurger?

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-16 10:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

btw, according to source close to him, "'Mueller will hear everything Bannon has to say,'.

www.thedailybeast.com

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-16 11:38 PM | Reply

I have a feeling Bannon will go to jail rather than talk even under a Grand Jury subpoena from Mueller. He has some extra time on his hands right now, why not spend it being a martyr.

He'll probably fund raise from behind bars for his defense fund.

#5 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-16 11:51 PM | Reply

I have a feeling he's not still that fond of Trump.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-16 11:53 PM | Reply

CORKY

Well, he's probably caught between a rock and a hard place.

Bannon's life has suddenly become very complicated. Squealing is not in his best interest if he ever expects to get new financial backing for his ideological agenda. Nobody like a "rat."

OTOH, Bannon would probably sacrifice both testicals if he could get back into the good graces of the Trump/Rebekah Mercer coalition. Ratting out Junior and Kushner would definitely put an end to that.

I hope he can be pressured to testify. I just think he has too much to lose if he does.

I wonder sometimes just how far Trump would go. He said he knows a lot of bad guys.

#7 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-17 01:05 AM | Reply

"Bannon's life has suddenly become very complicated. Squealing is not in his best interest if he ever expects to get new financial backing for his ideological agenda. Nobody like a "rat."

OTOH, Bannon would probably sacrifice both testicals if he could get back into the good graces of the Trump/Rebekah Mercer coalition. Ratting out Junior and Kushner would definitely put an end to that."
#7 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-1

This is very close to my thinking too

#8 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2018-01-17 01:49 AM | Reply

Steve Bannon is the Peter Pettigrew of the Republican Party.

See for yourself:

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#9 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-17 05:44 AM | Reply

He should be found in Contempt of Congress and jailed.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-17 08:32 AM | Reply

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He should be found in Contempt of Congress and jailed.

#1 | POSTED BY DANNI

If he's been subpoenaed he needs to appear. Nothing is preventing him from taking the 5th.

#11 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-17 08:36 AM | Reply

Nothing is preventing him from taking the 5th.

#2 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-17 08:36 AM | Reply

So why doesn't he?

Jail him.

#12 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-17 08:40 AM | Reply

Slowly be continue towards finding out about what that Very Bad Thing Trump did. The Thing so Bad even Trump knows it. The Thing that will humiliate him as well as jeopardize everything he has. I'm betting that Mueller already understands the nature of this Very Bad Thing. Trump is going to have to act-out to preserve himself. His acting-out will be the New Very Bad Thing he does.

#13 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-17 08:43 AM | Reply

"If he's been subpoenaed he needs to appear. Nothing is preventing him from taking the 5th."

Baloney. Mueller just needs to give him immunity then he can't plead the fifth.

#14 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-17 09:40 AM | Reply

Mueller just needs to give him immunity then he can't plead the fifth.

#5 | POSTED BY DANNI

That is an option. However, in this particular case, Mueller isn't involved, at least not yet. This was a congressional subpoena.

#15 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-17 09:58 AM | Reply

I have a feeling Bannon will go to jail rather than talk

Dotard and Bannon are still playing their political theater. The firing and the name calling is all an act.

#16 | Posted by 726 at 2018-01-17 11:25 AM | Reply

I think Bannon knows he will cause more suspicion and distrust of Trump (if that is possible), if he says nothing, than if he 'tells it all.'

If he tells what he knows, a few well placed lies can justify it. If he says nothing, it will always seem like something is being hidden, even if it is not. But something is being hidden.

#17 | Posted by kudzu at 2018-01-17 11:40 AM | Reply

Please read the article before commenting based on an untrue headline.
"Bannon was behind closed doors with committee members and staff for more than 10 hours."
He showed up at the hearing in compliance with the subpoena. During the negotiation of the parameters of his testimony, Bannon informed committee members that the White House had not authorized him to answer questions about his time during the transition or in the White House. He is giving the President time to consider what is covered under executive privilege prior to his answering any after-the-election questions.

I do wonder how questions about the time period after the election could have any bearing on Russia's attempts to influence the election, though.

#18 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-01-17 01:29 PM | Reply

Apparently Bannon sparked a bipartisan response.

Both Gowdy and Schiff were pissed off over his actions.

#19 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-17 01:43 PM | Reply

Bannon managed to anger both Schiff and Gowdy. Who ever said Bannon is divisive? :-)

#20 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-17 01:44 PM | Reply

LOL this witch hunt just will not end face it there is nothing there I would bet a pay check on it

#21 | Posted by WTFIGO at 2018-01-18 12:48 PM | Reply

"...this witch hunt just will not end ..." - #21 | Posted by WTFIGO at 2018-01-18 12:48 PM

You mean the "witch hunt" that has, so far, netted 4 indictments and 2 convictions?

That "witch hunt"?

So much for "nothing there."

#22 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-18 12:51 PM | Reply

If there is nothing there, why won't he answer the questions? Not answering makes it look like there is something to hide.

#23 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-18 12:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Please read the article before commenting based on an untrue headline.
"Bannon was behind closed doors with committee members and staff for more than 10 hours."
He showed up at the hearing in compliance with the subpoena

That is not what the article says (italics mine):

"Tensions flared early in the proceedings after Bannon informed the committee that he was refusing to answer any questions about his time in the White House or on the post-election transition, infuriating Democrats and Republicans on the panel, who subpoenaed him on the spot, according to a source familiar with the interview."

Bannon was subpoenaed by Mueller (prior to the hearing) to appear before a GJ. Bannon appeared before the House committee per their request, and the subpoena was not issued until he was already there and refusing to answer their questions.

#24 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-18 01:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"I do wonder how questions about the time period after the election could have any bearing on Russia's attempts to influence the election, though."

Because that's when Trump's half of the quid pro quo would likely be delivered (e.g., the lifting of sanctions against Russia). Also, don't you think that if Trump and Russia successfully worked together to get him elected, they would want to continue their collaboration with regard to future projects of mutual interest (e.g. Flynn's Marshall Plan for nuclear power plants in the ME, in which both Russia and the US were supposed to work together)?

#25 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-18 01:09 PM | Reply

"I do wonder how questions about the time period after the election could have any bearing on Russia's attempts to influence the election, though."

IOW, the goal wasn't merely to get Trump elected for the heck of it. The goal was to get him elected so he could work with them after he was in office. Duh.

#26 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-18 01:11 PM | Reply

"...this witch hunt just will not end ..." - #21 | Posted by WTFIGO at 2018-01-18 12:48 PM
You mean the "witch hunt" that has, so far, netted 4 indictments and 2 convictions?
That "witch hunt"?
So much for "nothing there."

#22 | POSTED BY HANS AT 2018-01-18 12:51 PM | FLAG:

which one guy did what Hillary did lie to the FBI but he was not a Clinton so he didn't get a pass

#27 | Posted by WTFIGO at 2018-01-18 03:07 PM | Reply

WTFIGO...
It's hard to take seriously a person who can't remember capitalization and punctuation rules from 3rd grade.

#28 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-01-19 06:21 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

It's hard to take seriously a person who can't remember capitalization and punctuation rules from 3rd grade.

Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-01-19 06:21 AM | Reply

WOW We had capitalization and punctuation rules in 3rd grade??? Who knew???

#29 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-01-19 06:36 AM | Reply

"which one guy did what Hillary did lie to the FBI but he was not a Clinton so he didn't get a pass" - #27 | Posted by WTFIGO at 2018-01-18 03:07 PM

Does anyone here have a gibberish-to-English translator available?

#30 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-19 07:27 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

When someone has to read a comment 3-4 times to make sense of it because of missing punctuation and capitalization, then yes, it reflects poorly on OP's credibility.

As for spelling and capitalization in the 3rd grade: many people in the US received their primary school education outside of Kansas, so yes, most people cover those items in 3rd grade and even earlier. ;-P

#31 | Posted by dylanfan at 2018-01-19 08:20 AM | Reply

HANS

I think I figured it out:

(W)hich one guy did what Hillary did(?) ~ (so far so good)

(L)ie to the FBI ~ (moving along)

(B)ut he was not a Clinton so he didn't get a pass.

This post is either a riddle or a joke with no punchline.

I've done my part. Somebody else can do the rest.

#32 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-19 08:51 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

#32 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-19 08:51 AM

An admirable job, Twin.

Thanks! :-)

#33 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-19 08:56 AM | Reply

HANS

no problum i gots mi edumakation at a uneversity in westbygodvirginny
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#34 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-19 09:13 AM | Reply

As for spelling and capitalization in the 3rd grade: many people in the US received their primary school education outside of Kansas, so yes, most people cover those items in 3rd grade and even earlier. ;-P

#31 | Posted by dylanfan at 2018-01-19 08:20 AM | Reply | Flag

Oh hush pfffffffffffffttttttttttt

#35 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-01-19 04:00 PM | Reply

Of course Bannon can defy congress.

Congress has become wholly ineffectual when it comes to exerting its enumerated powers. It's powers have been eroding over the past few decades.

Unfortunately for Bannon, Mueller has been given a pretty wide berth and while he can thumb his nose at congress and get away with it...with Mueller, not so much.

#36 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-20 12:35 AM | Reply

There will be convictions in the course of this investigation. But, somebody please tell me one piece of dirt on Hillary the Russians delivered that the Republicans didn't already know? Its clear there was intent, at some point, but nothing ever came of it.

#37 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-01-20 06:24 AM | Reply

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