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Gowdy: Bannon has a credibility issue

Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand GOP lawmakers: Obama admin ‘hastily’ wrote lead ammunition ban 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 TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA 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 BannonIt’s time for conservatives to retire the term ‘alt-right’   Kurtz sees media forfeiting credibility in war with Trump Bannon wanted Trump to keep Yellen as Fed chair: report 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 SchiffGOP strategist confronts ex-Trump staffer: ‘I’m sick of you guys making excuses for him’ Shepard Smith goes after Trump for not condemning Russia in tweets Trump: Why didn't Obama 'do something about Russian meddling?' 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.”