Former White House strategist Steve Bannon plans to testify before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, revolt on the U.S. Capitol, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) said Sunday, citing a letter the committee received late Saturday from Bannon’s lawyers.
Bannon’s deposition will not be prone to be broadcast live for the general public resulting from the length of such sessions because the committee tries to get all its questions answered, she added.
Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, had previously refused to seem for a deposition after being subpoenaed by the committee. He was consequently charged in November with two counts of criminal contempt.
His sudden reversal follows Trump reportedly giving Bannon his blessing on Saturday to seem before the committee, with Trump informing Bannon in a letter obtained by CNN and The Washington Post that he would waive his claimed right to executive privilege to permit Bannon to testify.
“Whenever you first received the Subpoena to testify and supply documents, I invoked Executive Privilege. Nevertheless, I watched how unfairly you and others have been treated, having to spend vast amounts of cash on legal fees, and the entire trauma you will need to be going through for the love of your Country, and out of respect for the Office of the President,” Trump reportedly told Bannon.
Bannon pleaded not guilty late last yr to the 2 contempt charges, which each carry up to 1 yr in jail and $100,000 in fines. His trial is ready to start on July 18.
Former Trump White House official Peter Navarro was also indicted last month for refusing to cooperate with the committee’s investigation. The previous trade adviser also pleaded not guilty.
An attorney for Bannon didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment Sunday.