The top Democrat in the U.S. House Intelligence Committee said on Tuesday the panel should begin contempt proceedings if Steve Bannon, a former advisor to President Donald Trump, continues to refuse to testify in an investigation of Russian Federation and the 2016 presidential election.
A meeting last week was also postponed.
California Rep. Adam Schiff said Bannon's lawyer told the committee he is barred from talking about matters during the presidential transition, his time at the White House and communications with President Donald Trump since he left in August. It now goes to President Donald Trump for a five-day review, and he will decide whether to allow its release - as he did with the Republican document last week.
The top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee said that Steve Bannon should face contempt hearings if he continued to refuse to answer all of the committee's questions. Conaway said. "There are questions that need to be answered".
The Republican memo released last Friday alleges misconduct by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department in obtaining a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to monitor former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page.
Bannon, in a January 16 appearance before the panel, refused to answer questions about his time in the Trump administration and during the transition because the White House may want claim executive privilege.
The extension is the third time Bannon's interview has been postponed.
Gerhardt added that the degree to which the White House can exert control over his testimony before investigators depends on Bannon and his team.
The dueling memos - and Trump's silence so far on whether he will release the Democratic version - have set up a standoff between Trump and congressional Democrats and deepened partisan fights on the House intelligence panel.
Also Tuesday, the House intelligence committee gave Bannon another week to negotiate the terms of a closed-door interview. Testifying before the Special Counsel does not obviate Mr. Bannon's obligations under the subpoena issued by the Committee.
The panel vote was unanimous to make the classified Democratic document public. White House officials said they received the memo Monday evening, and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration "will follow the same process and procedure" it did with the Republican document - meaning Trump has five days to decide whether to allow the memo's publication.
Tensions between Trump and the Democrats ran high before the vote, as the president and Schiff traded insults on Twitter Monday morning - less than a week after Trump called for more bipartisanship in his State of the Union address.
Trump declared over the weekend that the GOP memo "totally vindicates" him. But Democratic and Republican lawmakers say that assertion is wrong. On Monday, Schiff plans to try to win public release of a Democratic answer to a Republican memo released Friday that attempted to undermine one aspect of the investigation. The Senate's Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of NY, urged Trump to back the public release and said refusing to do so would show the president's intent to undermine the Russian Federation investigation.
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