For all of his bombast going into office, Donald Trump has certainly not had a very positive time as president. Although he often maintains a public air of not being affected by such issues as the Russia scandal, that scandal and its concurrent investigation continue to progress. The scandal is slowly but surely revealing a portrait of a man who belligerently thinks prioritizing Russian concerns above those of the U.S. will go well for him.
Most recently, Special Counsel for the Russia investigation Robert Mueller secured a guilty plea from former presidential national security adviser Michael Flynn, although he is not the only one to have so far faced charges and he’s also not the only one under scrutiny.
Among the others under scrutiny is Donald Trump Jr. We have all learned by now about the meeting that Donald Trump Jr. had with a Kremlin-connected lawyer named Natalia Veselnitskaya in 2016. Trump Jr. went into that meeting, attended by others besides just those two, seeking dirt on Hillary Clinton that had been marketed to him as from the Russian government, although he initially insisted otherwise.
Showing just how serious that meeting really was, those on the inside of the Trump team can now count a new face among those opposed to Trump Jr. and others having taken that meeting — Steve Bannon.
Bannon served as head of the Trump campaign and then as an adviser to the president before being pushed out of the White House late last year.
Both before and after his time with Trump, he worked as head of the massively influential right wing site Breitbart.
His feelings about the Trump Jr. meeting have been revealed in the context of author Michael Wolff’s forthcoming book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
Wolff wrote in his new book that soon after the revelation of the meeting, which on the Trump team side included Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner, Bannon remarked as follows:
‘The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers. Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.’
The book in which Wolff reveals these stunning comments from an individual formerly counted among the president’s closest allies will be published next week; The Guardian obtained a copy of it ahead of publication from a “bookseller in New England.”
Overall, according to the portrait of him painted in the book, Bannon is not at all with the White House when it comes to their assertions that Special Counsel Mueller’s probe will be over soon. Bannon in this case is, of course, seemingly more on reality’s side than those in the White House.
Bannon was widely reported while in office to not exactly be on good terms with Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.
According to Wolff, Bannon believes that Kushner family activities will be central to whatever repercussions that the president ends up facing.
When Steve Bannon, head of Breitbart, has more of an apparent clue about what’s going on than the president, that’s not a good sign.
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