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Steve Bannon appears for questioning as part of Russian Federation probe

17 January, 2018, 02:14 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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It was not likely to be Bannon's last such testimony: the New York Times reported Tuesday that Bannon has been subpoenaed by Robert Mueller, the Justice Department special counsel investigating the same issue.

It also comes on the heels of a public rift between Mr Bannon and the President, after the former strategist criticised the Trump administration to the author of a tell-all book on the White House.

Trump appointed Bannon his campaign's chief executive at the outset of the general election, and Bannon, along with now-White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, led the Trump campaign through Election Day.

According to Fox News sources, despite the subpoena to testify before a grand jury, it's possible that Bannon will, instead, be interviewed by Mueller's office.

When Trump Jr. met with the House panel past year, he testified that he texted initially with Hicks - not his father - when first confronted about the reports about the Trump Tower meeting.

Bannon isn't the only Trump associate expected before the committee this week: Corey Lewandowski, Trump's first presidential campaign manager, is expected before the panel later this week.

Bannon also reportedly told Wolff that Mueller's probe into Trump-Russia could ultimately result in charges related to money laundering.

"Bannon is said to have described as "treasonous" a meeting Donald Tump Jr held in NY with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential election campaign".

Russian Federation has denied meddling in the election and President Trump has denied there was any collusion between his campaign and Moscow.

Trump erupted in anger after the excerpts were published, calling Bannon "Sloppy Steve" on Twitter and saying he had "cried when he got fired and begged for his job". And Bannon was directly involved in a number of other major moments, including the decision-making around the firing of Michael Flynn, the president's first national security adviser, who was dismissed after he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about phone calls with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition. With scandal, Bannon apologized. But the president attracted scrutiny last summer when The Washington Post reported that he "dictated" an initially misleading statement that Trump Jr. released in response to reports about the Trump Tower meeting.

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, along with the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, are also seeking interviews with Justice Department officials involved with the Hillary Clinton email investigation and initial Russian Federation probe.


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