Bannon, Lewandowski asked to testify by House Intel panel: report

Bannon, Lewandowski asked to testify by House Intel panel: report
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Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon and President TrumpDonald TrumpMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 Trump endorses David Perdue in Georgia's governor race MORE's former campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey LewandowskiJudge blocks Spicer, Vought bid to return to Naval Academy board New Trump super PAC formed after accusations of misconduct The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats still at odds over Biden agenda MORE have received requests to testify before the House Intelligence Committee regarding the Russia probe early next year, according to Bloomberg News.

The request to appear before the panel is reportedly for early January. The panel did not issue subpoenas.

The letters were reportedly sent earlier this week, and the committee has not yet received responses from either of the men.

The committee is also set to interview Trump's longtime assistant Rhona Graff at an undisclosed location in New York on Friday. 

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The letter does not reveal specific reasons why the committee would like interview Lewandowski and Bannon. However, it is clear the request is part of the committee's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, including any links between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Bannon and Lewandowski played major roles in the Trump campaign. 

Lewandowski served as Trump's campaign manager until after the New Hampshire primary, while Bannon joined the campaign as its chief executive after the Republican National Convention. 

Bannon was also working as the president's chief strategist when Trump fired FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump draws attention with admission he 'fired Comey' Countering the ongoing Republican delusion How Biden should sell his infrastructure bill MORE in May. Comey was leading the Russia probe at the time, and the circumstances surrounding his exit are part of special counsel Robert Mueller's separate investigation into Russian election meddling.

Bannon departed his White House post in August and is currently the chairman of Breitbart News. 

The report comes amid tensions between House Republicans and Democrats over the direction of the House panel's investigation, with Democrats saying they believe the GOP wants to conclude it soon. 

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDole in final column: 'Too many of us have sacrificed too much' Dole to lie in state in Capitol Rotunda House to vote on Uyghur bill amid diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics MORE (D-Calif.) in a letter to Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFormer Sen. Bob Dole dies at 98 No time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power MORE (R-Wis.) pressed for the probe to continue.

"The American people deserve a comprehensive and fair investigation into Russia's attack. Political haste must not cut short valid investigatory threads. Key questions about foreign interference in our elections remain, and must be thoroughly investigated," Pelosi wrote. 

A spokeswoman for Ryan responded to the letter in a statement, saying the probe would be wrapped once the committee had reached a conclusion.