Former White House chief strategist and Breitbart executive Steve Bannon won’t appear before the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday, risking being held in contempt for failing to comply with a subpoena, CNN reports citing a source close to the process.
Escalating a tense standoff with the panel, Bannon as instructed by the White House to not show up because the Trump administration hasn’t reached an agreement over the scope of the questioning.
In his first appearance last month before the panel, Bannon said he would only answer questions about topics when he was the chief executive of the campaign, with his attorney saying the White House directed him to protect President Donald Trump’s right to assert executive privilege.
His refusal to answer questions angered lawmakers from both parties, who issued a subpoena during the contentious, marathon appearance before the panel last month.
This time, however, Bannon risks going to jail for contempt if he fails to appear before House Intel Tuesday despite the subpoena.