Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon reportedly met with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate 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 Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 TrumpMcCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Biden's Supreme Court reform study panel notes 'considerable' risks to court expansion Bennie Thompson not ruling out subpoenaing Trump MORE and Russia.
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 SchiffSchiff: McCarthy 'will do whatever Trump tells him' if GOP wins back House Jan. 6 panel to pursue criminal contempt referral for Bannon Bannon's subpoena snub sets up big decision for Biden DOJ MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the committee, said.
Rep. Mike ConawayKenneth (Mike) Michael ConawayEx-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm If Congress can't work together to address child hunger we're doomed Ex-Rep. Mike Conaway, former aide launch lobbying firm 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 ManafortDOJ investigating one-time Trump campaign adviser over alleged ties to Qatar: report Foreign lobbyists donated over M during 2020 election: report Former Mueller prosecutor representing Donoghue in congressional probes: report MORE and former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn.