Steve Bannon's defense sent another letter to the January 6 committee saying he and others will not cooperate

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Steve Bannon at Trump Tower in New York. AP Photo/ Evan Vucci
  • Steve Bannon is doubling down on rejecting subpoenas from the House's January 6 committee.

  • His attorney Robert J. Costello sent a letter on Wednesday saying his client would not comply.

  • Trump's legal team has instructed his former aides not to comply with the subpoenas.

Steve Bannon's defense team sent another letter to the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the US Capitol maintaining that he and other Trump allies would not produce documents for subpoenas, citing executive privilege, ABC News reported on Wednesday.

"Mr. Bannon's position is not in defiance of your Committee's subpoena; rather, Mr. Bannon noted that President Trump's counsel stated that they were invoking executive and other privileges and therefore directed us not to produce documents or give testimony that might reveal information President Trump's counsel seeks to legally protect," Bannon's attorney, Robert J. Costello, wrote.

It was the second letter from Bannon's team addressed to the committee's chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, saying the former Trump adviser would not comply.

In early October, Trump's legal team instructed his former aides, including Bannon, not to comply with congressional subpoenas issued in September.

The committee had also requested documents from the former Trump administration officials Mark Meadows, Dan Scavino, and Kash Patel. The subpoenas asked Bannon and Patel to sit for depositions on October 14 and Meadows and Scavino to sit the next day; all have declined.

At issue is whether Trump as a former president can invoke executive privilege to defy the subpoenas in this context. President Joe Biden has waived executive privilege and asked for documents to be sent to the committee.

On Wednesday, the White House counsel asked the National Archives to quickly turn over Trump-related documents to the committee, NBC News' White House correspondent reported.

"The President further instructs you to provide those pages 30 days after your notification to the former President, absent any intervening court order," the message said, according to NBC News.

Rep. Liz Cheney said on Tuesday that the committee was prepared to bring criminal-contempt charges against anyone who ducks the subpoenas.

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