Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Steve Bannon to be questioned by House Intelligence Committee

Steve Bannon to be questioned by House Intelligence Committee

The former White House chief strategist was subpoenaed last week by special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation, and Bannon will be required to testify before a grand jury.

Mr Bannon and his representatives are yet to comment.

Bannon, who joined the Trump campaign in August of 2016, brandished the Trump Tower meeting as "treasonous", according to Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. "Kasowitz has gotten him out of all kinds of jams", Bannon reportedly said.

Bannon and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski are each scheduled to testify the committee, which is probing Russian interference in the 2016 elections, Bloomberg reported.

Speaking with author Michael Wolff, Bannon criticized the handling of Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting in Trump Tower in the summer of 2016.

Peter Carr, spokesman for the special counsel, declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.

Mr Wolff told Sky News he thinks Steve Bannon's contributions to the book were his way of breaking away from the President.

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Bannon was a central figure in the latter part of the campaign and in the beginning months of the Trump presidency.

He said it is Trump being Trump in every way - uncontrolled, uncaring, looking to please the base without regard for what it does to everyone else.

Bannon was sacked from the White House last August.

Bannon also told Wolff that he believed that Mueller's investigation would eventually focus on money laundering.

Special counsel Robert Mueller subpoenaed former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon to appear before a grand jury as part of the Russian Federation investigation.

Mr Mueller's team has already interviewed Mr Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, his former chief of staff, Reince Preibus, and his former press secretary, Sean Spicer. Mr Bannon stepped down from his role as chief executive of Breitbart News shortly thereafter. He also helped lead the Trump transition after its former head, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, was fired. In December, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Hicks requesting an interview for that panel's Russian Federation probe, though the letter did not contain the signature of Senator Chuck Grassley, the chairman.

Trump's lawyers have served Bannon with a cease and desist letter claiming his statements in Fire and Fury constitute "defamation by libel and slander", and violate a non-disclosure agreement Bannon signed as a campaign employee.

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