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Mueller Subpoenas Steve Bannon as Part of Widening Probe

HeadlineJan 17, 2018

The New York Times reports special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed President Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon to testify before a grand jury as part of the ongoing investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to sway the 2016 election. The Times reports this is the first known time Mueller’s team has used a grand jury subpoena for a member of Trump’s inner circle. On Tuesday, Bannon was also subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee, after he refused to answer a wide range of the committee’s questions during a hearing Tuesday. Even after the subpoena was issued, Bannon continued to refuse to answer questions, after his lawyers conferred with the White House. This is Democratic Congressmember Adam Schiff, the highest-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.

Rep. Adam Schiff: “There is, I think without a doubt, a great deal he could say with respect to many of the allegations and the comments that are attributed to him in the book 'Fire and Fury.' We also have a great many questions. But specifically, any communications that he had within the White House at the time the Trump Tower meeting was made public, obviously, is of deep interest to us. Whether he was ever given any instructions that he felt might hinder the Russia investigation is of deep interest to us.”

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