Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Steve Bannon to face House Russia investigators Tuesday

Steve Bannon to face House Russia investigators Tuesday

Hicks' attorney declined to comment on the expected appearance before the House panel, as did a spokesman for Rep. Adam Schiff, the committee's top Democrat.

The House Intelligence Committee is poised to question Steve Bannon, the onetime confidant to President Donald Trump, following his spectacular fall from power after accusing the president's son and others of "treasonous" behavior for taking a meeting with Russians during the 2016 campaign.

Mr Bannon had been meeting separately with the US House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee on Tuesday as part of its own investigation into the Russian Federation allegations. He'll be working with White House cooks to cut calories, while encouraging Trump to get some low-impact exercise.

Adam Schiff of California, the committee's top Democrat, told reporters Bannon's counsel conferred with the White House after he was served with the committee subpoena during the interview and told the panel Bannon would still not answer any questions about the transition, administration or any conversations he had with President Trump after leaving the White House a year ago.

The White House physician maintained President Trump is in "excellent health" Tuesday, despite what a new book describes as his strong attraction to fast food, including cheeseburgers in bed.

A new book by Michael Wolff contained explosive allegations that Bannon was critical of Trump and his reported closeness with Russian Federation during the days of his campaign for the presidential election.

Bannon and Burck did not respond to requests for comment.

The subpoena came after Bannon's comments to author Michael Wolff became public, according to The New York Times.

Jackson said he would increase Trump's daily dose of Crestor, a cholesterol-lowering drug, and bring in a nutritionist to work with White House chefs.

That meeting took place behind closed doors.

Bannon, 64, was a powerful figure in the Trump election campaign and the White House in the early months of Trump's presidency, pushing a hard-line nationalism aimed at shaking up United States domestic and foreign policy.

Wolff wrote that Mr Bannon had told him: "The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor - with no lawyers".

Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix, who contacted WikiLeaks in June 2016 to ask about Clinton's emails, testified before the House Intelligence Committee in December.

Bannon is one of several Trump campaign aides expected to appear before congressional Russian Federation investigators this week on Capitol Hill.

Trump appointed Bannon his campaign's chief executive at the outset of the general election, and Bannon, along with now-White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, led the Trump campaign through Election Day.

Chaos broke out at USA airports, with travellers detained upon arrival, and Americans nationwide staged protests against a measure seen as discriminating against Muslims - though Trump said it aimed to keep out extremists. Papadopoulos' fiancée, Simona Mangiante, told CNN that Papadopoulos communicated with Bannon and other high-ranking officials during the campaign and was more involved in the campaign's activities than the White House has acknowledged.

Asked if the White House had told Bannon not to answer certain questions, spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said: "As with all congressional activities touching upon the White House, Congress must consult with the White House prior to obtaining confidential material".

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