Suspected leaker Adam Schiff (D-CA) was very frustrated after former White House strategist Steve Bannon refused to answer a broad scope of questions during his House Intel Panel interview Monday.
The White House had an agreement for Bannon to only answer questions about the 2016 presidential campaign. The rats on the House panel wanted Bannon to answer questions about the Trump transition period and his time in the White House. Why? Isn’t this witch hunt about so-called ‘Russian collusion’ during the campaign?
Steve Bannon went into a 10 hour interview with the House Intelligence Committee Monday to answer questions about the so-called ‘Trump-Russia collusion’ during the 2016 presidential election.
According to CNBC, the White House believed it had an agreement with the Committee to limit questions to events that happened only during the 2016 election.
According to the White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, staffers for the committee and the White House on Friday discussed the parameters of Bannon’s testimony. The White House emerged from that conversation believing it had an agreement to limit the questioning of Bannon just to events during the campaign, and not during the transition period or his time in the White House.
Then, hours into Bannon’s closed-door testimony on Tuesday, Bannon’s lawyers informed the White House from Capitol Hill that the questions would extend beyond the scope of what the White House understood the agreement to be. At that point, the White House told Bannon not to answer any further.
Ranking Democrat and suspected leaker Adam Schiff was not happy about this and said Tuesday night, “That was never conveyed to the minority. And I think it came as quite a surprise to our entire committee frankly, apart from the majority staffer that was involved in that communication.” CNBC reported.
Schiff also called Bannon’s refusal to answer questions a “gag order” by the White House. Schiff also wanted to know about Bannon’s whereabouts AFTER he left the White House.
CNBC also reported:
At that point, House Intelligence Committee Republicans and Democrats joined forces to issue Bannon a subpoena on the spot to compel his testimony. It is not clear what, if any, questions Bannon answered after that. A Reuters report said the former top Trump aide refused to comply with the subpoena.
Adam Schiff was triggered by Steve Bannon and also took to his Twitter account Wednesday to voice his frustration.
“There is no legal basis in which the White House can instruct witnesses like Steve Bannon to refuse broad categories of questions before our committee. We must insist on answers,” Schiff tweeted,
There is no legal basis in which the White House can instruct witnesses like Steve Bannon to refuse broad categories of questions before our committee. We must insist on answers.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 17, 2018
The Russian collusion witch hunt is a huge oppo research project with the intent of removing a duly elected president. The entire thing is based on the phony Hillary-funded Russia dossier. People involved must go to prison. This is one of the biggest scandals to ever rock D.C.