Steve Bannon agrees to hold interview with special council

Steve Bannon agrees to hold interview with special council

Taking cues from the White House, President Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon repeatedly defied a subpoena Tuesday ordering him to respond to a congressional committee's questions about possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

Ex-Donald Trump aide Steve Bannon has been summoned to testify before a grand jury in the US - Russia inquiry, the BBC quotes US media as reporting.

Axios confirmed on Wednesday that Bannon ― who reportedly received a subpoena last week to testify in the special counsel's investigation ― "intends to fully cooperate with Mueller".

After Bannon initially refused to answer questions at an hours-long private meeting with the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on January 16, legislators said the committee's chairman Devin Nunes authorized a subpoena during the meeting to force Bannon to respond.

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Bannon was not directly involved with Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey or his eldest son's meeting with Russians at Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign. It could also signal that Mueller is seeking to pressure Bannon to agree to an interview with his investigators.

Steve Bannon's attorney relayed questions, in real time, to the White House during a House Intelligence Committee interview of the former Trump chief strategist, people familiar with the closed-door session told The Associated Press. He was told by that office not to discuss his work on the transition or in the White House.

"Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic ... you should have called the Federal Bureau of Investigation immediately". The special counsel's office has used subpoenas before to seek information on Trump's associates and their possible ties to Russian Federation or other foreign governments.

"No, I don't think they do", she said.

As a top adviser to Trump during his campaign and presidency, Bannon would theoretically be privy to discussions about events Mueller is investigating.

When Mr Bannon left the White House in August, the White House said that it was a planned departure, and that he had done so on his own volition.

Those comments were a change from ones he made in June a year ago when he said he was "100 percent" willing to testify under oath about conversations he had with former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

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