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Despite subpoena, Stephen Bannon is expected to ghost the House Intelligence Committee

Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon is expected to skip out on his appearance before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday in a move that will further exasperate lawmakers on both sides. Despite being subpoenaed, Bannon allegedly "isn't planning on showing up because the White House and committee haven't reached an agreement over the scope of the questioning," CNN reports. By failing to appear, Bannon could potentially be held in contempt, a person familiar with the situation said.

Bannon sat for more than 11 hours of testimony before the House Intelligence Committee last month, although he repeatedly refused to answer questions. During the hearing, Bannon invoked executive privilege, telling the committee that he couldn't answer their questions about anything he was involved with after the election because he'd been advised not to by the White House.

As of Monday night, not everyone seemed aware that Bannon might skip out on his Tuesday appearance. "We have a subpoena for him in the morning and we expect it to be complied with," said Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.). "We have questions that are unanswered that we want answered on both sides."