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 BurrThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Pelosi says she's open to stock trading ban for Congress Momentum builds to prohibit lawmakers from trading stocks 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.Don TrumpRittenhouse to speak at Turning Point USA event White House calls Jan. 6 text revelations 'disappointing' Court orders release of some redacted passages of Mueller report MORE as “unpatriotic” and “treasonous” for taking a meeting with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have dirt on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPoll: Trump leads 2024 Republican field with DeSantis in distant second The politics of 'mind control' No Hillary — the 'Third Way' is the wrong way 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 TrumpFormer New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver dead at 77 Biden, Democrats losing ground with independent and suburban voters: poll Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law 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 KushnerDonald Trump slams Jan. 6 panel after Ivanka Trump interview request: 'They'll go after children' Kushner investment firm raises more than B: report Trump: Netanyahu 'never wanted peace' with Palestinians MORE, and Burr said Thursday that the committee’s previous interviews have provided “substantial insight,” according to CNN.

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerBipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law CIA says 'Havana syndrome' unlikely a result of 'worldwide campaign' by foreign power Schumer opted for modest rules reform after pushback from moderates 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 (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG 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.”