Former White House strategist Steve Bannon plans to testify before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising at the U.S. Capitol, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D- California), citing a letter the committee received Saturday night from Bannon. lawyers.
Bannon’s deposition will likely not be broadcast live for the public due to the length of these sessions as the committee tries to get all of its questions answered, she added.
Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, had previously refused to appear for deposition after being subpoenaed by the committee. He was therefore charged in November with two counts of criminal contempt.
His sudden reversal follows Trump reportedly giving Bannon his blessing on Saturday to appear before the committee, with Trump telling Bannon in a letter obtained by CNN and the Washington Post that he would waive his claimed right to executive privilege to allow Bannon to testify. .
“When you first received the subpoena to testify and provide documents, I claimed executive privilege. However, I have seen how you and others have been treated unfairly, having to spend huge sums of money on legal fees, and all the trauma you have to go through for the love of your country, and by respect for the Office of the President,” Trump reportedly told Bannon.
Bannon pleaded not guilty late last year to the two contempt charges, which each carry up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine. His trial is due to start on July 18.
Former Trump White House official Peter Navarro was also indicted last month for refusing to cooperate with the committee’s investigation. The former trade adviser also pleaded not guilty.
An attorney for Bannon did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday.