Gowdy: Steve Bannon's Testimony Presented Personal 'Credibility Issue'
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House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said that after lengthy closed-door testimony by two former top Trump aides, he found that one of the men appears to have a "credibility" problem.
Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former White House adviser Steve Bannon spent several hours testifying before Gowdy's committee Tuesday.
Gowdy said Lewandowski wanted to answer every question posed to him, but that his lawyers advised him against answering those regarding his work after he left the campaign.
.@TGowdySC on Steve Bannon's credibility: "This is the same witness that said members of @POTUS' family committed acts of treason. So, he's got a credibility issue. If they're hinging the entire case on Steve Bannon's credibility, good luck to the prosecution." pic.twitter.com/lvNHSEOi3J
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 18, 2018
"That [onus is] on the lawyer, not the witness. Corey is going to come back and answer every question anyone has," Gowdy said.
But, he said that Bannon's testimony was more eventful.
Gowdy said that at one point, Bannon attempted to dodge questions by exercising a privilege that does not exist.Article continues below
"That was his slip-up," Gowdy said. "He got this notion that 'hey, I'm going to create a privilege that no one's ever heard of before that doesn't exist in the law."
Gowdy said the only "dangerous" issue for President Donald Trump is if "credible evidence" is presented.
He said Bannon's credibility has taken a hit, since he once said there was no chance the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. did not meet Trump Sr.
But, after he was fired, Bannon reportedly told author Michael Wolff that there was no chance the meeting hadn't occurred.
"This is the same witness that said that members of the president’s family committed acts of treason. So, he’s got a credibility issue," Gowdy said. "If they’re hinging the entire case on Steve Bannon’s credibility, good luck to the prosecution."
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