Senate Intel chairman: No need for committee to interview Bannon

Senate Intel chairman: No need for committee to interview Bannon
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Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Trump seeks `home run’ candidate to succeed Justice Kennedy Hillicon Valley: Senate panel upholds finding Russia backed Trump | ZTE temporarily allowed back in business | Trump targets the NSA | Court rules Yelp can't be forced to remove bad reviews Senate panel upholds finding that Russia backed Trump, contradicting House MORE (R-N.C.) said Thursday he doesn’t believe there’s a need for his committee to meet with former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, despite new comments from Bannon about a summer 2016 meeting between Trump campaign members and a Russian lawyer.

“I’m not sure what an individual who wants to talk about a meeting that he didn’t attend would be able to share about that meeting,” Burr told CNN

On Wednesday, quotes from Bannon surfaced in excerpts from author Michael Wolff’s upcoming book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.” In the excerpts, Bannon describes Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr. mocks the 'resistance' over 'baby blimp' in London Mueller: Russian officers launched leaks website in June 2016 Teen who had his MAGA hat stolen gets one signed by Trump MORE as “unpatriotic” and “treasonous” for taking a meeting with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have dirt on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDHS secretary: No sign Russia targeting midterm elections at 2016 level Twitter suspends Guccifer 2.0 and DCLeaks accounts after indictments Elon Musk donated nearly K to Republican PAC, filings show MORE.


Bannon is also quoted in the book as saying he believes there was “zero” chance Trump Jr. didn’t take the Russians upstairs in Trump Tower to meet with then-candidate Donald Trump. If true, that contradicts previous statements that President TrumpDonald John TrumpReporters defend CNN's Acosta after White House says he 'disrespected' Trump with question Security costs of Trump visit to Scotland sparks outrage among Scottish citizens Ex-CIA officer: Prosecution of Russians indicted for DNC hack 'ain't ever going to happen' MORE did not know about the meeting.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is one of the multiple congressional committees conducting separate investigations into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.

The committee has already met with Trump Jr. and senior White House adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerMexico's president presses Pompeo on reuniting migrant families Hillicon Valley: Mueller indicts Russians for DNC hack | US officially lifts ZTE ban | AT&T CEO downplays merger challenge | Microsoft asks for rules on facial recognition technology | Dems want probe into smart TVs Kushner to join Pompeo for meetings with Mexican leaders MORE, and Burr said Thursday that the committee’s previous interviews have provided “substantial insight,” according to CNN.

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSunday shows preview: Trump readies for meeting with Putin Senate Dems tell Trump: Don't meet with Putin one-on-one Top Democrats request meeting with intel chief over sharing of classified info MORE (D-Va.), the committee’s top Democrat, on Wednesday night deflected questions about whether Bannon should appear before the committee, instead saying the former chief strategist’s comments need to be “proven or disproven.”

“There are a host of individuals that I believe we need to have back before the committee and, if possible, in public,” Warner said on “Meet The Press Daily.”

He added he’d like certain individuals, including Trump Jr. and Kushner, to appear before the committee again following Bannon's comments.

“Clearly, Mr. Bannon’s comments are going to be subject to, I think, interest from our committee, I’m sure from Mr. Mueller,” Warner added, referring to Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE, the Justice Department's special counsel investigating potential ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow's meddling efforts. “Some of his comments are pretty explosive.”