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Thursday, December 08, 2022

Steve Bannon to testify before committee Jan. 6, Rep. Zoe Lofgren says

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon plans to testify before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the US Capitol, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) said Sunday. citing a letter the committee received Saturday night from Bannon’s attorneys

Bannon’s statement is not likely to be broadcast live to the public due to the length of the sessions as the committee tries to get all of its questions answered, he added.

Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, had previously refused to appear for deposition after being subpoenaed by the committee. Consequently, he was charged in November with two counts of criminal contempt.

His sudden change follows Trump reportedly giving Bannon his blessing Saturday to appear before the committee, with Trump informing Bannon in a letter obtained by Nation World News and The Washington Post that he would waive his right to executive privilege to allow Bannon to testify.

“When you first received the subpoena to testify and provide documents, I invoked executive privilege. However, I saw how unfairly you and others have been treated, having to spend vast amounts of money on legal fees and all the trauma you must be going through out of love for your country and out of respect for the Office of the President,” Trump allegedly told him. to Bannon.

Bannon pleaded not guilty late last year to the two contempt charges, each of which carries up to a year in jail and $100,000 in fines. His trial is scheduled to begin on July 18.

Former Trump White House official Peter Navarro was also indicted last month for refusing to cooperate with the committee’s investigation. The former business adviser also pleaded not guilty.

An attorney for Bannon did not immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday.

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