Trump mulling waiver of executive privilege claim for Bannon: report

Former President Trump is considering waiving his claims of executive privilege to allow his former senior adviser, Steve Bannon, to testify before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol uprising, reported. the Washington Post on Friday.

Citing three sources familiar with the matter, the newspaper reported that Trump may send Bannon a letter indicating that the former president is prepared to waive his request if Bannon reaches an agreement with the committee to testify.

Bannon first received a subpoena from the House committee on Jan. 6 in September, but was charged with contempt for refusing to appear.

The Justice Department filed two charges against Bannon in November: one for refusing to testify and another for refusing to turn over related documents to the commission for review.

His trial is due to start later this month, but he asked for a postponement on the grounds that too much publicity would deprive him of a fair trial.

The Post reported that some advisers were urging Trump not to send the letter.

Trump has repeatedly asserted executive privilege to prevent current and former staffers from testifying.

A spokesperson for Trump and an attorney for Bannon did not immediately return The Hill’s requests for comment.

The report follows explosive testimony from former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, who commented on Trump’s temper and knowledge of what was happening on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6.

Hutchinson, who served as former chief of staff Mark Meadows’ top aide, claimed in open testimony before the January 6 panel that Trump rushed behind the wheel of his SUV and the Secret Service told him he couldn’t go to the Capitol on January 6.

Some involved in the situation disputed Hutchinson’s remarks, although they did not testify publicly.

The next committee hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

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