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Separately, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist has also struck a deal to be interviewed by United States special counsel Robert Mueller's team rather than appearing before a grand jury, after being subpoenaed to testify in his probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election, according to CNN.

The Associated Press reported Bannon's lawyer was relaying questions to the White House in real time, something a source close to Bannon told CBS News was not accurate.

Bannon confirmed that he had received the subpoena from Mueller during his House Intelligence Committee interview, according to a person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to publicly discuss Bannon's interactions with Mueller.

The House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Tuesday in a showdown over whether he could be forced to testify in the panel's Russian Federation investigation.

On Tuesday, Bannon testified in closed session before the House Intelligence Committee about the campaign.

Florida Rep. Tom Rooney, a senior Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday that Bannon's testimony is running into problems over whether he can invoke executive privilege for events that occurred during the transition.

"Bannon is free to say whatever the hell he wants to say to Mueller about whatever topic that he wants and there may not be anything Trump can do about it", our source added.

Even then, Mr Bannon refused to answer questions, Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee, told reporters.

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Among his most controversial remarks was describing Donald Trump Jr.'s involvement in the June 2016 meeting with the Kremlin-linked lawyer as "treasonous".

Mrs. Sanders said the was cooperating with the Russian Federation probes, but told reporters, "As with all congressional inquiries touching upon the, Congress must consult with the prior to obtaining confidential material". Committee members said they will bring Bannon back as early as Thursday for more questioning under a subpoena they issued Tuesday. Insiders reportedly speculate that this is a negotiation tactic aimed at getting Bannon to agree to answer questions in a less formal setting in lieu of appearing before a grand jury, according to the Times.

A spokesman for Mr Mueller's office declined to comment.

The former strategist recently retained the same lawyer being used by former Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus and White House general counsel Don McGahn.

"This was effectively a gag order by the White House", Schiff said.

Lewandowski on Sunday told WABC's "The Rita Cosby Show" that the committee requested his appearance and that he agreed to come and answer questions this week. But Dhillon also found the administration doesn't have legitimate executive privilege claims to limit the testimony of Bannon and other officials from giving information to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE.

Underscoring the break, Mr Trump said Mr Bannon had "lost his mind" and branded him "Sloppy Steve" via Twitter.

Bannon's attorney was not immediately available for comment about the claims.

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