Former Trump aide Steve Bannon has offered to testify in a US investigation into the January 6 riots.

WASHINGTON, July 10 (Reuters) – Steve Bannon, a former close adviser to Donald Trump, said he is willing to testify before a congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. He should be tried for contempt of Congress.

In a letter to the committee seen by Reuters, Bannon’s lawyer, Robert Costello, wrote that the former president would waive the executive privilege claim cited by Bannon by refusing to appear before the committee. read more

Bannon, a prominent figure in right-wing media circles who served as Trump’s chief strategist in 2017, is scheduled to go on trial July 18 on two criminal contempt charges for refusing to testify or provide documents. read more

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The lawyer’s letter said Bannon wanted to testify publicly, but Democratic House Rep. Joe Lofgren told CNN the committee usually holds depositions behind closed doors.

“It goes on for hours and hours. We want to answer all of our questions. You can’t do that in a live format,” Lofgren said. “He has so many questions.”

Throughout House committee hearings, videotaped clips of closed-door testimony by witnesses under oath have been shown to the public.

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Trump was perplexed that none of his supporters testified in the committee hearing, separate from the investigation focused on the attacks by Trump supporters trying to block Trump’s certification of defeat in Congress by Joe Biden in November 2020. Election.

In a letter to Bannon seen by Reuters, Trump said he was waiving executive privilege because he “observed how unfairly you and others have been treated.”

The House panel is scheduled to hold public hearings on Tuesday and Thursday this week. read more

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Richard Cowan reports; Editing by Howard Koller

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