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Steve Bannon questioned in Russia-Trump probes

Former White House official interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for more than 20 hours, reports say.

Steve Bannon

US President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon has been questioned by investigators examining alleged Russian meddling into the 2016 US elections. 

Bannon, who left his position last August, was interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller behind closed doors on Thursday for at least the second time this week, according to local media reports.

Mueller's team is probing whether Trump's presidential campaign colluded with Russia in its bid to influence the 2016 US presidential election.

Bannon 'stonewalls' congressional panel

Bannon also appeared for the second time before a congressional panel probing the same issue earlier on Thursday. 


READ MORE: Mueller's Russia-Trump probe latest: Bannon questioned


Like his first appearance in January, Bannon was reported to have cited "White House privilege", while refusing to answer a large number of questions by the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee. 

Frustrated Democrats slammed Bannon, saying that his refusal to answer questions should be considered contempt. 

"There was a refusal to answer any questions that would have brought out the full facts," said Adam Schiff, the Democratic leader of the panel said. "That is not how privledge works. That's how stonewalling works," he added.

The probe began in May 2017 to investigate any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign.

In December, Michael Flynn, the former US national security adviser, became the fourth known person connected to the Trump campaign to be charged in connection to the investigation on possible Russian meddling.

He pleaded guilty to making false statements in relation to his conversation with the Russian ambassador before Trump took office. 


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