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Steve Bannon Will Testify Before Jan. 6 Committee, Says Rep. Zoe Lofgren

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Former White Home strategist Steve Bannon plans to testify earlier than the Home committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, rebellion on the U.S. Capitol, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) mentioned Sunday, citing a letter the committee obtained late Saturday from Bannon’s attorneys.

Bannon’s deposition is just not more likely to be broadcast stay for the general public because of the size of such classes because the committee tries to get all its questions answered, she added.

Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, had beforehand refused to look for a deposition after being subpoenaed by the committee. He was consequently charged in November with two counts of prison contempt.

His sudden reversal follows Trump reportedly giving Bannon his blessing on Saturday to look earlier than the committee, with Trump informing Bannon in a letter obtained by CNN and The Washington Post that he would waive his claimed proper to government privilege to permit Bannon to testify.

“Once you first obtained the Subpoena to testify and supply paperwork, I invoked Government Privilege. Nevertheless, I watched how unfairly you and others have been handled, having to spend huge quantities of cash on authorized charges, and the entire trauma you have to be going via for the love of your Nation, and out of respect for the Workplace of the President,” Trump reportedly advised Bannon.

Bannon pleaded not guilty late final yr to the 2 contempt prices, which every carry as much as one yr in jail and $100,000 in fines. His trial is about to start on July 18.

Former Trump White Home official Peter Navarro was additionally indicted final month for refusing to cooperate with the committee’s investigation. The previous commerce adviser additionally pleaded not guilty.

An lawyer for Bannon didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark Sunday.