>> Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon initially refused to answer questions in a closed door congressional hearing Tuesday. Bannon spent several hours getting grilled by the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, one of three congressional panels investigating allegations that Russia tried to tilt the 2016 presidential election toward Donald Trump.
It took a subpoena to force the former top presidential aide to finally open up. Reuters Washington correspondent Warrren Strobel. He initially took the position that he wouldn't talk about his time at the White House, only about his time during the campaign. But we're told by sources that the committee subpoenaed him on the spot to get him to talk about both the campaign and his time at the White House.
I think one thing that the committee members are particularly interested in is what he knows about the firing of former FBI director James Comey for one thing.>> Trump fired Comey last May. Comey at the time was leading a probe into alleged ties between Trump and members of his team to Russia.
Critics suggest that Trump fired Comey in an effort to hamper the FBI's investigation. Bannon was one of Trump's top aides up until he was fired last August.>> Even though he's not accused himself or identified as having unusual or suspicious contacts with Russians, all along the way he was certainly in a position almost like nobody else to see what was going on, what was being talked about, how the White House was reacting to the Comey and then Mueller investigations.
That sort of thing is what I think he would be asked about today. There has been no collusion.>> Trump has repeatedly denied allegations of collusion between his campaign and Russia and called investigations into the matter a witch hunt. The New York Times, on Tuesday, reported Steve Bannon had also received a subpoena to appear before a grand jury convened by special council Robert Mueller.
Mueller is leading the Justice Department's probe of Trump's alleged ties to Russia, as well as the question of whether Trump's or members of his administration tried to hamper the investigation.