The explosive listening to on Capitol Hill with disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok got here to a quick halt on Thursday as Democrats unsuccessfully tried to alter the topic to a dialogue about holding ex-White Home aide Steve Bannon in contempt for not answering questions from lawmakers earlier this yr.
California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell made the movement to subpoena President Trump’s former adviser after Home Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., threatened to proceed with a contempt quotation for Strzok if he continued to refuse to reply questions Thursday in regards to the FBI’s Russia investigation.
“I transfer to subpoena Steve Bannon,” Swalwell interjected, amid a heated back-and-forth between Republicans on the Home Judiciary and Oversight Committees and Strzok over his refusal to deal with sure questions from South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy.
Swalwell appeared to argue that if Republicans wish to maintain Strzok in contempt, they need to additionally take into account contempt proceedings for Bannon. Bannon invoked govt privilege throughout closed-door testimony on Capitol Hill earlier this yr.
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“In our Home Intelligence investigation, he was underneath subpoena,” Swalwell stated of Bannon. “He refused quite a lot of occasions to reply questions of Mr. Gowdy. Mr. Gowdy seems to have a honest curiosity in attending to the underside of what occurred. And so I transfer underneath Rule 11 to convey Mr. Bannon to this committee.”
Swalwell referred to as for subpoenaing Bannon, saying “contempt proceedings” ought to happen if he declines.
After Swalwell moved to subpoena Bannon, Goodlatte dominated that the movement was not germane. Swalwell tried to overrule, however the Republican-majority committee voted to desk that.
On Thursday, Strzok testified that his political views together with anti-Trump texts exchanged in 2016 had been rooted in “deep patriotism.”
He stated these opinions didn’t have an effect on his work.
Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.