It looks like 2018 will start with a bang, as both Steve Bannon and Corey Lewandowski have just been asked to testify before House lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.
President Donald Trump’s former White House chief strategist and former campaign manager were both sent letters this week by the House Intelligence Committee, asking them to deliver testimony in early January. Hey, that’s just weeks away.
Of note, the committee has yet to receive responses from either Bannon or Lewandowski, as reported by Bloomberg Politics. These were not subpoenas, so they are under no legal obligation to testify. These were invitations to participate in “voluntary interviews,” which also means that the testimonies, should they occur, will happen behind closed doors.
The committee has also not indicated what specific questions they would be posing to the two close Trump affiliates, but the letters did make clear that the testimonies would be pertaining to possible ties between the 2016 campaign and Russia.
The House Intelligence Committee’s inquiry into possible connections between Trump and Russia is running alongside the probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. As far as we know, Mueller and his team have not conducted interviews with Bannon or Lewandowski.
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