White House chief of staff John Kelly told Fox News personality Bret Baier that Steve Bannon was not instructed to assert executive privilege.
“Did the White House tell him to invoke executive privilege,” Baier asked.
“No. Steve has had very, very little contact with the White House since he left,” Kelly answered.
“I know Steve a little bit, not very well, he left the White House … has certainly never returned to the White House and with the exception of a few phone calls here and there, very, very little contact with the White House,” Kelly continued.
“And I have certainly have never spoke to him since he left,” Kelly claimed.
Kelly’s claim directly contradicts reporting on Bannon’s marching orders. From the podium today, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders seemed to suggest a need to consult with the White House.
Sarah Sanders earlier today suggested the opposite when asked about Bannon and exec priv: “Any time you have congressional inquiries touching upon the White House, the Congress should consult with the White House prior to obtaining confidential material.” https://t.co/ks3GhJqq37
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 17, 2018
And our reporting has indicated as much: Bannon could not discuss any activities related to the transition or his tenure in the White House.
"All shots were called by the White House," says one source familiar with the proceedings. https://t.co/njuwRdTCI8
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) January 17, 2018