Former White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon, seems on display throughout the fourth listening to by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January sixth Attack on the US Capitol within the Cannon House Office Building on June 21, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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Steve Bannon informed the House committee that is investigating the Jan. 6 riot that he’s prepared to testify, ideally at a public listening to.
Bannon, a one-time advisor to former President Donald Trump, had been set to go on trial subsequent week on felony contempt expenses for refusing to cooperate with the congressional probe of the Capitol riot.
Bannon’s lawyer argued on the time that he was adhering to the assertion of govt privilege that had been claimed by Trump, which allegedly barred Bannon from offering the supplies requested by the choose committee.
But Trump on Saturday despatched a letter to Bannon that waived govt privilege, although the House choose committee and federal prosecutors mentioned govt privilege by no means served as an argument for noncompliance with a congressional subpoena.
“When you first received the Subpoena to testify and provide documents, I invoked Executive Privilege. However, I watched how unfairly you and others have been treated, having to spend vast amounts of money on legal fees, and all of the trauma you must be going through for the love of your Country, and out of respect for the Office of the President,” Trump wrote within the letter.
“Therefore, if you reach an agreement on a time and place for your testimony, I will waive Executive Privilege for you, which allows you to go in and testify truthfully and fairly,” Trump added.
Representatives for Bannon despatched the letter together with their very own follow-up to the Jan. 6 committee.
“While Mr. Bannon has been steadfast in his convictions, circumstances have now changed,” Bannon’s lawyer Bob Costello mentioned in a letter. “Mr. Bannon is willing to, and indeed prefers, to testify at your public hearing.”
It’s unclear how his impending trial can be affected if Bannon finally ends up testifying earlier than the committee. Bannon, who has pleaded not responsible to 2 counts of contempt of Congress, faces a most sentence of 1 12 months in jail and a high-quality of as much as $100,000 for every rely if convicted.
A spokesperson for the committee didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s request for remark. Bannon lawyer Costello declined to remark additional than confirming the letters.