The White House on Wednesday confirmed that staff spoke with Steve Bannon's lawyers in the middle of his 10-plus-hour testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, but maintained that it was "following standard procedure."
"That's the same process that is typically followed," press secretary Sarah Sanders said at a White House press briefing on Wednesday.
"Sometimes they actually have a White House attorney present in the room. This time it was something that was relayed via phone, and again was following standard procedure for an instance like this," Sanders said.
The questions at the briefing followed a week of significant interaction between Bannon and various investigations into possible contacts between Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russia.