Steve Bannon must submit to questioning from the Federal Trade Commission as part of the agency’s investigation of Cambridge Analytica, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, rejecting the former Trump adviser’s bid to stave off an interview aimed at determining whether he could be personally liable for allegedly deceptive conduct by the data analytics firm.
Ruling from the bench, U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper dispensed with Bannon’s argument that any testimony provided to the FTC could impair his opportunity to receive a fair trial in New York, where he was charged in August with defrauding donors to a private fundraising effort purporting to bolster President Donald Trump’s effort to build a wall along the Mexican border.
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