Steve Bannon insisted he would not testify before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot until the matter of former President Trump's executive privilege is settled.
Bannon's lawyer on Thursday wrote a letter to the House select committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson, reiterating to the committee that the former Trump adviser had no intention of testifying.
Bannon's lawyer, Robert Costello, said that Trump's lawyer Justin Clark had informed Bannon on Wednesday that Trump would be exercising executive privilege and directed Bannon not to produce documents or testify until the matter had been settled.
The letter argued that 'Bannon's position is not in defiance of your Committee's subpoena.'
'That is an issue between the committee and President Trump's counsel and Mr. Bannon is not required to respond at this time,' Costello wrote.
The House committee last week gave Bannon until this Thursday to appear before them, at which point they threatened to pursue criminal charges.
The House committee last week gave Bannon until this Thursday to appear before them, at which point they threatened to pursue criminal charges
Bannon's lawyer on Thursday wrote a letter to the House select committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson, above, reiterating to the committee that the former Trump adviser had no intention of testifying
'We will not allow any witness to defy a lawful subpoena or attempt to run out the clock, and we will swiftly consider advancing a criminal contempt of Congress referral,' said committee chairman Bennie Thompson and vice vhair Liz Cheney in a statement last week.
'Until such time as you reach an agreement with President Trump or receive a court ruling as to the extent, scope and application of the executive privilege, in order to preserve the claim of executive or other privileges, Mr. Bannon will not be producing documents or testifying,' Costello said. 'Mr. Bannon will revisit his position if President Trump's position changes or if a court rules on the matter.'
The letter noted that Bannon had been compliant with subpoenas to testify during the Mueller investigation and before the House and