Update from Congressman Elijah Cummings in response to Steve Bannon’s resignation:
“In my opinion, every penny of Mr. Bannon’s fees should be returned to the Federal taxpayers. I also will look to see what other avenues we have to recover these fees, which the taxpayers should not be required to pay for.”
Steve Bannon is expected to turn himself in on contempt of Congress charges that accuse him of lying to Congress about his involvement in a dossier used to circulate within the U.S. government as the excuse for surveillance and leaks.
Bannon was scheduled to appear before a federal judge later today at the Central District of California.
The ex-Trump chief strategist had been accused of lying about his involvement in the dossier, which was spearheaded by the U.S. Government, and which claimed he had made plans to meet with people associated with the Kremlin in Russia, being, among other things, Vladimir Putin’s personal chef.
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The legislation, known as the “Corker Memo,” was authored by Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee. The head of the House Intelligence Committee, Republican Rep. Adam Schiff of California, accused Bannon of lying to Congress in a House Intelligence Committee hearing.
Bannon denies all charges, and is due to appear before a judge later today. In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Monday, he wrote, “Today I am turning myself in on charges by my former colleagues in Congress of contempt. If convicted, I could be spending up to six months in federal prison. I will not resign.”
Steve Bannon’s original op-ed, published earlier in the week, follows: