Bannon interviewed by Mueller in past week: report

Bannon interviewed by Mueller in past week: report
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Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon reportedly met with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s investigators multiple times over the past week.

Two sources told NBC News that Bannon was interview by Mueller’s team for nearly 20 hours spread over multiple days.

Mueller’s team is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election as well as potential ties between President TrumpDonald John TrumpClinton takes swipe at 'false equivalency' in media coverage of 2016 election Trump asked Netanyahu if he actually cares about peace: report Official: Trump to urge North Korea to dismantle nuclear program in return for sanctions relief MORE and Russia.

Bannon was subpoenaed by Mueller last month and reportedly made a deal with the special counsel to not testify before a grand jury.

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Bannon made an appearance before the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday but refused to answer questions that weren’t pre-approved by the White House, lawmakers said afterward.

"The only questions he would answer were questions that had been scripted, literally scripted, for him by the White House. A set of 25 questions that had been written out for him to which the answer to each must be 'no,'" Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOvernight Defense: Trump steps up fight with California over guard deployment | Heitkamp is first Dem to back Pompeo for State | Dems question legality of Syria strikes Top Dems demand answers from Trump over legality of Syria strikes New York seeks authority to prosecute despite presidential pardons MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the committee, said.

Rep. Mike ConawayKenneth (Mike) Michael ConawayThe House Republican farm bill has nothing to do with helping anyone work GOP presses for stiff work requirements for food stamps Congress votes to expand deficit — and many in GOP are unhappy MORE (Texas), the Republican leading the committee’s Russia investigation, said after the interview that the committee would examine what further steps they could take to compel Bannon to answer questions.

Bannon, who left the White House in August, was subpoenaed by the committee in January after refusing to answer questions posed during his first interview with the panel.

Mueller has now interviewed dozens of Trump associates and top current and former White House officials as part of his investigation. Four former Trump officials have been indicted, including former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortNunes: DNC lawsuit is a ‘scam’ Perez: Confident DNC will get a jury trial in election lawsuit DNC sues Russia, Trump campaign and WikiLeaks over alleged election interference MORE and former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn.