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Gowdy: Bannon has a credibility issue

Rep. Trey GowdyTrey GowdyPompeo rebukes Biden's new foreign policy The Hunter Biden problem won't go away Sunday shows preview: Joe Biden wins the 2020 election 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 (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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 TrumpDC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is Biden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' Taylor Greene defends 'America First' effort, pushes back on critics 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 BannonThere was Trump-Russia collusion — and Trump pardoned the colluder MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Trump denies Gaetz asked him for blanket pardon 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 SchiffOvernight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he Hillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats hearing 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.”