Gowdy: Bannon has a credibility issue

Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyRepublicans tear into IG finding on Clinton probe Live coverage: Justice IG testifies before House on report criticizing FBI House GOP headed for showdown with DOJ over key documents MORE (R-S.C.) said Wednesday that former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon has a "credibility issue" revealed by his House Intelligence Committee testimony this week.

In an interview with Fox News's Martha MacCallum, Gowdy, who sits on the committee, warned special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's office against trying to build a case around Bannon's testimony because the credibility of the former Trump adviser's statements were in doubt.

"I think the only thing dangerous for President TrumpDonald John TrumpConservatives express concern over House GOP immigration bill Poll: McSally holds 14-point lead in Arizona GOP Senate primary Trump defends Nielsen amid criticism over family separations MORE or his campaign is credible evidence," Gowdy told Fox News. "This is the same witness that said there was a zero percent chance that the Russian lawyer wasn't walked up to Trump, and when he was asked what that evidence was, he came up with nothing."

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"This is the same witness that said that members of the president's family committed acts of treason," the South Carolina Republican added. "So he's got a credibility issue. If they're hinging the entire case on Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonBannon says Trump should fire Rosenstein if he doesn’t comply with subpoenas Bannon on migrant family separation: Zero tolerance doesn't have to be justified Hillicon Valley: Fallout from bombshell DOJ report on Clinton probe | AT&T win could see new wave of mergers | World Cup cyber warning | Facebook comms chief stepping down MORE's credibility, good luck to the prosecution."

Bannon testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday behind closed doors and refused to answer some questions from lawmakers, prompting Democrats to slam what they called a "gag order" imposed by the White House.

“The scope of this assertion of privilege — if that’s what it is — is breathtaking,” ranking Democrat Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffWhite House faces growing outcry over migrant family policies Schiff: ‘Deeply disturbing’ that FBI gave Nunes confidential info on Clinton's emails Schiff: White House using migrant kids’ grief and tears to build border wall MORE (Calif.) said. “It goes well beyond anything we’ve seen in this investigation. … This was effectively a gag order by the White House.”

White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE denied that Bannon received instructions in an interview with Fox News on Wednesday.

“No,” Kelly responded when asked if Bannon was instructed to assert executive privilege.

“Steve has had very, very little contact with the White House since he left [in August],” Kelly said, with the “exception of a few phone calls.”