Bannon not expected to appear before House Intel Tuesday despite subpoena

Mr Bannon is wanted to testify as part of its investigation of allegations that Russia sought to influence the 2016 presidential election

The top Democrat in the U.S. House Intelligence Committee said on Tuesday the panel should begin contempt proceedings if Steve Bannon, a former advisor to President Donald Trump, continues to refuse to testify in an investigation of Russian Federation and the 2016 presidential election. The committee has subpoenaed Bannon to appear but the interview has been pushed back three times.

The "interview with Stephen Bannon has been postponed at the Committee's initiative until next week", Mike Conway, Texas Republican and panel member, said in a statement.

The Democratic memo, intended as a counter to the Republican document, has deepened a partisan divide on the committee, which is supposed to be jointly investigating Russian meddling and possible connections between Russia and Mr Trump's presidential campaign.

Bannon and his legal counsel have indicated to the committee that the Trump administration still does not want Bannon to discuss his time on the transition team or in the White House, sources tell Fox News.

Schiff said Bannon's attorney informed the panel that the White House would not let him testify beyond 14 pre-approved yes-or-no questions.

His refusal to answer questions angered lawmakers from both parties, who issued a subpoena during the contentious, marathon appearance before the panel last month.

But the negotiations between the committee and the White House have reportedly stalled, as President Donald Trump's office will only permit Bannon to answer fourteen simple "yes" or "no" questions, the Associated Press reported. But he also expressed concern about "political redactions" the White House might make before the document is released.

The committee voted unanimously Monday to release the memo.

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Although peace has returned to the valley after a military operation in 2009, security had been a primary concern in the region. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has strongly condemned the suicide attack, the prime minister's office said.

"It is not unusual for a White House to try to control the questioning of current or former employees,"Gerhardt said".

Rep. Adam Schiff says a Twitter attack from President Donald Trump amounts to "false smears".

Trump tweeted that Schiff is "one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington" and "must be stopped".

President Donald Trump is lashing out at the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, saying he "must be stopped". After the document's release last week, the president quickly seized on it to vent his grievances against the nation's premier law enforcement agencies.

The committee has made a decision to postpone his interview until next week to allow time for the committe and the White House to agree on the terms of the interview. In addition, the White House has barred Bannon from speaking about his time on Trump's transition team, his time on the president's staff, and his conversations with Trump after he left the White House, effectively giving investigators very little room to operate. "As far as I know, no", he responded.

That's according to White House chief of staff John Kelly.

The GOP memo's central allegation is that agents and prosecutors, in applying in October 2016 to monitor Page's communications, failed to tell a judge that Steele's opposition research was funded in part by Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

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