Bannon Agrees To Interview With Mueller, Will Avoid Grand Jury Appearance

Bannon Agrees To Interview With Mueller, Will Avoid Grand Jury Appearanceā€

That's according to a person familiar with the decision but not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations. White House lawyers are unlikely to change their minds about instructing Bannon not to answer the committee's questions about his time working on the presidential transition team or in the White House, the person added.

The special counsel is also investigating whether Trump sought to obstruct the investigation in firing Comey.

On Wednesday, the AP also confirmed that Bannon will meet with Mueller's investigators for an interview instead of appearing before a grand jury. He said Bannon did not refuse to answer a question about his communications with Trump since August 2017, a period that followed Bannon's exit from the White House. While plenty have focused on Bannon's comments in Wolff's book last week, this isn't the first time he has publicly acknowledged serious errors by the Trump team with regards to Russian Federation. It could also signal that Mueller is seeking to pressure Bannon to agree to an interview with his investigators.

The White House did not tell former chief strategist Stephen Bannon to invoke executive privilege and refuse to answer questions in Congress's Russian Federation investigation, President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: "We should be like Canada" in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: "Sheet metal and garbage" everywhere in Haiti MORE's top aide said Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Bannon testified before the House Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Bannon angered lawmakers on the committee by refusing to answer questions related to his time in the White House and the presidential transition.

The official said the White House offered to send an attorney to attend the interview and was told the move wasn't necessary.

-Associated Press writer Chad Day.

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Bannon is expected to be a lot more forthcoming talking to Mueller's team than he was with members of the House intelligence committee.

Later in the week, the panel will hear from former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. If Democrats take back the House a real investigation is coming, which means that teetering Trump presidency is living on borrowed time.

Bannon was an integral part of the Trump campaign during the general election and went on to be a key figure in the White House until he was sacked in August.

The White House may fear that, Bannon, having nothing left to lose, will provide injurious testimony to Mueller.

During a closed-door interview with the House intelligence committee on Tuesday, Bannon said the Russian Federation probes launched in Congress previous year were part of an "establishment" plan to try to nullify the 2016 election, according to Axios.

Bannon, a champion of Trump's "America First" agenda, was sacked by the White House in August and returned to the right-wing news website Breitbart News.

Russian Federation has denied meddling in the election and Mr Trump has denied there was any collusion between his campaign and Moscow.

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