Trump adviser Bannon is due to go to court

The committee unanimously adopted a report on Tuesday evening (local time) finding Bannon’s disregard for Congress. In a next step, the House of Representatives, dominated by US President Joe Biden’s Democrats, has to vote on it before the case goes to court. Bannon was Republican Donald Trump’s chief strategist for the first few months of his presidency.

Bannon had failed to comply with a summons before the committee on Thursday last week. He invoked the president’s prerogative to withhold certain information from Congress or courts – the so-called executive privilege. The report that has now been adopted says that even if Trump could use this privilege, Bannon would not be relieved of his duty to testify before the committee. Bannon’s refusal has no legal basis and violates legal provisions.

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