Gowdy Trashes Bannon for Refusing to Answer Questions: But He ‘Can Help People Write Books’

Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) is not impressed with Steve Bannon for claiming executive privilege as his reason to not answer questions before the House Intelligence Committee yesterday.

Gowdy spoke to Bill Hemmer on America’s Newsroom on Wednesday, and the first subject that came up Bannon saying that the White House ordered him not to talk about his work with President Trump. Gowdy suggested that the most annoying part of Bannon’s reluctance to answer questions is that its harder now to ask him about his statements to Michael Wolff about the Trump campaign’s Russian lawyer meeting.

“This is the same person who accused two of the president’s family members of committing treasonous acts, so of course we’ll want to cross-examine him on what he thinks was treasonous,” Gowdy said. “If you accuse somebody of a crime for which you can be put to death, what is your evidence for that?”

Bannon was subpoenaed yesterday for his refusal to cooperate, and Gowdy eventually conceded he was frustrated that the former Breitbart chief asserted “privileges that do not exist”:

“I am really frustrated when witnesses have all the time in the world to talk to the media, on and off the record, and they can help people write books, but they can’t talk to the representatives elected by their fellow citizens. He is happy to tell an author about “treasonous,’ unpatriotic’ acts, but he won’t tell members of Congress when he is pressed on it. I don’t know of any privilege that lets you pick and choose who you answer questions for.”

Watch above, via Fox News.

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