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Trump ally Steve Bannon agrees to testify before Jan. 6 committee

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Former White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon, appears on screen throughout the fourth hearing by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January sixth Attack on the US Capitol within the Cannon House Office Constructing on June 21, 2022 in Washington, DC.

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Steve Bannon told the House committee that is investigating the Jan. 6 rebellion that he’s willing to testify, preferably at a public hearing, based on CNN.

Bannon, a one-time advisor to former President Donald Trump, had been set to go on trial next week on criminal contempt charges 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 executive privilege that had been claimed by Trump, which allegedly barred Bannon from providing the materials requested by the select committee.

But Trump on Saturday sent a letter to Bannon that waived executive privilege, though the House select committee and federal prosecutors said executive privilege never served as an argument for noncompliance with a congressional subpoena.

“If you first received the Subpoena to testify and supply documents, I invoked Executive Privilege. Nonetheless, 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 could be going through for the love of your Country, and out of respect for the Office of the President,” Trump wrote within the letter.

“Subsequently, when you reach an agreement on a time and place to your testimony, I’ll waive Executive Privilege for you, which lets you go in and testify truthfully and fairly,” Trump added.

Representatives for Bannon reportedly sent 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 modified,” Bannon’s lawyer Bob Costello said in a letter obtained by CNN. “Mr. Bannon is willing to, and indeed prefers, to testify at your public hearing.”

It’s unclear how his impending trial could be affected if Bannon finally ends up testifying before the committee. Bannon, who has pleaded not guilty to 2 counts of contempt of Congress, faces a maximum sentence of 1 yr in jail and a high-quality of as much as $100,000 for every count if convicted.

A spokesperson for the committee and Bannon lawyer Bob Costello didn’t immediately reply to CNBC’s request for comment.

Read the complete report from CNN here.

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