- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Rep. Trey Gowdy said Wednesday that the House Intelligence Committee spent much of Steve Bannon’s day of testimony trying to decide whether he could claim executive privilege.

“I am frustrated whenever people assert privileges that do no exist and I am really frustrated when witnesses have all the time in the world to talk to the media — on and off the record — and they can help people write books, but they can’t talk to the representatives who are elected by their fellow citizens,” Mr. Gowdy, South Carolina Republican, said on Fox News.

Mr. Gowdy said Mr. Bannon, former White House chief strategist, tried to exert executive privilege for his time in the White House as well as the presidential transition during his testimony in front of the committee Tuesday.

Mr. Gowdy added that the committee spent much of the over 10-hour testimony just trying to figure out what claim Mr. Bannon had to executive privilege.

The South Carolina Republican added that tactics like this are only delaying the investigation of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, an investigation many, including President Trump, would like completed sooner rather than later.

The committee is set to hear from more witnesses inside the Trump campaign, as well as White House staff, throughout the week.

• Sally Persons can be reached at spersons@washingtontimes.com.

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