The explosive listening to on Capitol Hill with disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok got here to a short halt on Thursday as Democrats unsuccessfully tried to vary 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 concerning 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 need to maintain Strzok in contempt, they need to additionally think about 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 beneath subpoena,” Swalwell stated of Bannon. “He refused quite a few instances 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 beneath 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 have been rooted in “deep patriotism.”
He stated these opinions didn’t have an effect on his work.
Fox Information’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.