Former White House Chief Strategy Officer Steve Bannon is the House Select Commission to investigate the January 6th attack on the US Capitol at the Cannonhouse Office Building in Washington, DC, June 21, 2022. Will be displayed on the screen at the 4th hearing by.
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Steve Bannon told the House Commission investigating the January 6 riots that he was prepared to testify, preferably at a hearing.
Banon, a former adviser to former President Donald Trump, was to be tried next week for criminal insults for refusing to cooperate with Congress’s investigation into the parliamentary riots.
Banon’s lawyer claimed that he was sticking to the claim of executive privilege claimed by Trump. It allegedly prohibited Banon from providing the materials requested by the Special Committee.
However, on Saturday Trump sent a letter to Banon relinquishing executive privilege, but the House’s selection committee and federal prosecutors said executive privilege never served as an allegation of non-compliance with Congress’s summons. rice field.
“When you first received the subpoena for the provision of testimony and documentation, I called executive privilege, but I did not know how mistreated you and others were and the statutory costs were enormous. I had to spend money and saw all the trauma you had to do. I went through for the love of your country and for the respect for the presidential office, “Trump wrote in a letter.
“Therefore, if we reach an agreement on the time and place of testimony, I waive your executive privilege, which allows you to testify honestly and fairly,” Trump added.
Banon representatives sent a letter to the Commission on January 6th, along with their own follow-up.
“Mr. Banon was sticking to his beliefs, but things have changed now,” Banon lawyer Bob Costello said in a letter. “Mr. Banon is willing and actually wants to testify at the hearing.”
It is unclear how his imminent trial will be affected if Banon is to testify in front of the Commission. Banon, acquitted of parliamentary insult, can be sentenced to up to one year’s imprisonment and a fine of up to $ 100,000 for each conviction.
A spokesperson for the Commission did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment. Banon lawyer Costello declined to comment beyond confirming the letter.