Bannon attorney relayed questions to White House during House interview: report

Source: The Hill | January 17, 2018 | Max Greenwood

An attorney for former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon reportedly relayed questions to the White House in real time while his client was testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Bannon’s attorney Bill Burck was communicating with the White House counsel’s office via phone to check on whether it would allow Bannon to answer certain questions.

It is not clear who Burck communicated with at the White House. Burck is also representing White House counsel Don McGahn in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, had said that Bannon’s counsel conferred with the White House on Tuesday after the congressional panel issued a subpoena for his testimony.

Schiff, who described the effort as a “gag order by the White House,” said that Bannon “was instructed by the White House to refuse again to answer any questions concerning the time during the transition and his time in the administration.”

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