Politics House panel weighs contempt if Bannon fails to show for Thursday hearing

03:06  15 february  2018
03:06  15 february  2018 Source:   CNN

Steve Bannon could go to jail if he won’t talk to Congress about Russia

  Steve Bannon could go to jail if he won’t talk to Congress about Russia Former White House strategist Steve Bannon has been refusing to answer lawmakers’ questions about the Trump-Russia investigation — and they’re so tired of it that they’re considering holding him in contempt of Congress. Load Error The House Intelligence committee could vote on whether or not to discipline Bannon as early as Monday. If lawmakers vote yes, there are three different kinds of contempt charges they could use. First, there’s “inherent contempt” — which could result in Bannon being held in Congress’s very own jail if he refuses to comply with their subpoena.

The House Intelligence Committee has scheduled a Thursday meeting to hear testimony from Steve Bannon -- but it's an open question whether President Donald Trump's former chief strategist will even show up.

A House panel voted Thursday to hold Bryan Pagliano, a former technology aide to Hillary Clinton, in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about the Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said after Pagliano failed to show up at the second committee hearing he was formally called to in the past two weeks.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 23: Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist and chairman of Breitbart News, attends a discussion on countering violent extremism, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, October 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. The program was focused on issues of extremism in the Middle East, including Qatar, Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) © Drew Angerer/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 23: Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist and chairman of Breitbart News, attends a discussion on countering violent extremism, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, October 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. The program was focused on issues of extremism in the Middle East, including Qatar, Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The House Intelligence Committee has scheduled a Thursday meeting to hear testimony from Steve Bannon -- but it's an open question whether President Donald Trump's former chief strategist will even show up.

Bannon will not testify before House committee on Tuesday: sources

  Bannon will not testify before House committee on Tuesday: sources Former White House senior strategist Steve Bannon will not testify before the Intelligence Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, two sources said on Monday, despite a subpoena requiring him to appear. The panel wants Bannon to testify as part of its investigation of allegations that Russia sought to influence the 2016 presidential election in the United States, following up on his Jan. 16 appearance that failed to satisfy some members of the committee.

Bryan Pagliano failed to appear before the committee on Sept. Members of the House Oversight Committee voted Thursday to hold Hillary Clinton's former IT aide in contempt of Congress Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the Oversight Committee, at a hearing Thursday to consider Pagliano's fate.

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Lawmakers from both parties say Bannon should be held in contempt if he fails to appear for the scheduled interview Thursday morning, a date that has already been pushed back three times as the committee has fought with Bannon's lawyer and the White House over the scope of the lawmakers' questions. It's unclear whether lawmakers will take that step, but they are growing increasingly agitated.

"We have to hold him in contempt" if he fails to show up, one GOP source said.

Bannon was hit with a subpoena during his initial testimony last month for refusing to discuss questions about his time in the White House and the presidential transition, angering lawmakers from both parties for claiming he had to reserve the right for the White House to invoke executive privilege. The subpoena is still pending.

Steve Bannon met with Mueller multiple times over the past week

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The panel wants him to appear again to follow up on a Jan. 16 appearance that failed to satisfy House Intel threatens Bannon with contempt if he uses White House orders to avoid testifying. 12, but the SEC sought an order to extend them in a hearing of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern

Former White House adviser Steve Bannon declined House Russia investigators' request to return for a second interview Thursday , telling lawmakers through his Committee members are now weighing whether to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress for avoiding their questions. Show Comments.

Bannon is one of several key Trump associates whose testimony has been delayed before the House panel. The others include Corey Lewandowski, the President's former campaign manager, who told the panel in his testimony last month that he wasn't prepared to answer questions about matters after he was dismissed from the campaign in June 2016. While Democrats have demanded Lewandowski be hit with a subpoena to reappear before the panel to answer more questions, Republicans have resisted.

"I don't think he needs to be subpoenaed," Florida's GOP Rep. Tom Rooney, a key member of the panel, said of Lewandowski. "I think he came in and answered eight hours' worth of questions based on the letter we sent him and his employment with the Trump Organization and Trump campaign. ... We did not ask him to come in to answer questions about his time as a private citizen -- so I think that's clearly a difference between him and Steve Bannon."

Bannon Appearance Before House Panel Delayed for Negotiations

  Bannon Appearance Before House Panel Delayed for Negotiations Former White House strategist Steve Bannon’s interview with a House committee looking into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has been delayed a week, according to a lawmaker on the panel. Load Error “There are still negotiations going on,” Republican Representative Peter King of New York said.Bannon had planned to skip a closed-door session with the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday despite being subpoenaed to appear, two people familiar with the matter said Monday.

But the full House must vote on the oversight panel ’s contempt resolution, and the clock Pagliano’s lawyers indicated to the committee he would do the same if he appeared before HOGR Thursday . (RELATED: Hillary’s Former IT Aide Defies Congressional Subpoena To Show At Clinton Hearing ).

Escalating a tense standoff with the panel , Bannon isn't planning on showing up because the White House and committee haven't reached an agreement over the scope of the questioning, the source said. If Bannon fails to appear, he could be held in contempt and jailed.

But on Bannon, Republicans have joined Democrats in expressing anger over his refusal to answer questions.

Bannon's legal team and the White House have negotiated with the House's lawyers about his return appearance and what questions he could answer, while pushing back the deadline of the subpoena as the talks dragged on. When last week's deadline was moved back for another week, Rep. Adam Schiff of California said the White House had offered a list of 14 yes-or-no questions Bannon could answer. (He would have answered "no" to all of them, Schiff said).

A source familiar with Bannon's thinking had said previously that he was prepared to be held in contempt for defying the House panel. But it's unclear whether he'll show Thursday, and his attorney did not respond to an inquiry.

Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the panel, told CNN Wednesday evening that he has urged Republicans not to agree to limit the scope of the questions Bannon could answer -- and he has called on the panel to be prepared to hold Bannon in contempt.

"We have told them they shouldn't agree to any restrictions apart from the proper exercise of executive privilege, which has not been invoked by any witness to date," Schiff said.

Rep. Schiff: Lewandowski Backing Out of Pledge to Talk to House for Russia Probe

  Rep. Schiff: Lewandowski Backing Out of Pledge to Talk to House for Russia Probe Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is no longer planning on further discussions with the House Intel Committee's investigation of the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, despite previously saying he would answer more questions, according to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California). Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the Committee, said in a statement on Wednesday that Lewandowski told the Committee that he was refusing to appear before them. Load Error Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon was supposed to go before the Committee earlier this week and did not, although he said he would at a later date.

Story highlights. The House Oversight panel voted 19-15 to hold Bryan Pagliano in contempt . Pagliano failed to show for a second hearing on Clinton's emails and private server.

“I have contempt for Bannon ," says GOP Rep. During a contentious, daylong appearance before the House intelligence panel , Bannon told committee members Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said Bannon had invoked a version of executive privilege “that doesn’t exist and that no one’s ever heard of before.”

Rep. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican leading the committee's Russia investigation, told CNN Tuesday evening that there appears to be an agreement between the House counsel and Bannon's side for his return testimony. But Conaway wouldn't say what questions Bannon may answer -- and he declined to say if he'd agree to hold Bannon in contempt if he fails to show.

"I'm not going to speculate," Conaway said of holding Bannon in contempt. "But I expect him to appear."

Bannon's decision not to talk about those periods with Congress has come as his team has indicated his willingness to answer any questions that special counsel Robert Mueller may have, a stance that has further annoyed lawmakers in both parties.

Republicans say they're particularly at odds with Bannon's stance that executive privilege could extend to the transition period, and say they're worried about the precedent it would set.

But Democrats charge that Conaway and House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, R-California, haven't shown a willingness yet to hold Bannon accountable for flouting Congress if he ignores the subpoena.

"If they don't force him to answer legitimate questions, they will be ceding Congress' authority, and we'll be setting a very, very dangerous precedent that people can just tell Congress what they will and will not answer, and will show no resolve to use our subpoena power to get to the bottom of what's going on," said Rep. Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat.

CNN's Kara Scannell contributed to this report.

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