Panel strikes down Dem motion to subpoena Bannon in testy hearing

Panel strikes down Dem motion to subpoena Bannon in testy hearing
© Greg Nash
House Democrats on Thursday made a failed bid to subpoena former White House strategist Stephen Bannon to appear before the House Judiciary Committee, a motion that Republicans quickly batted down. 
 
An hour into a fractious and bitterly contentious hearing with FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Trump: Fox News 'panders' to Democrats by having on liberal guests Democrats could introduce articles of impeachment next week MORE (D-Calif.) broke in to move that the panel bring forward the former White House chief strategist. 
 
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Bannon had previously defied a bipartisan subpoena from the House Intelligence Committee, declining to answer questions under instruction from the White House. Republicans threatened to hold him in contempt, but never followed through — they say because he did eventually appear. 
 
 
The episode came amidst ongoing threats from GOP members to hold Strzok in contempt for declining to answer questions about the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. 
 
Strzok disputed the notion that he had appeared before the committee under subpoena, arguing that he was there voluntarily.