Things just got much more interesting in regards to the Trump-Russia collusion investigation after it was reported the House Intelligence Committee will interview someone that was high up within the Trump campaign.
Reuters dropped a bombshell of a report noting Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist and chief executive of his 2016 election campaign, will be interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee on January 16. What’s especially interesting is the fact the interview will be focused on Trump’s campaign.
‘The interview on Tuesday will focus on Bannon’s time on the campaign, not the transition or his time in the White House, the source said.’
If true, this means they are still focusing on the possibility of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. That would lead one to believe the investigation is nowhere near wrapped up. “Trumpublican” leaders have made noise that the investigation will soon be wrapped up with no evidence of collusion; however, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said:
‘There are still dozens of witnesses that we could bring in.’
Like who? Reuters gave us a juicy list.
‘Besides Bannon, he said those witnesses would include Trump’s daughter Ivanka. He also said he would like Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner to appear again before the committee while noting that the choice of witnesses is determined by the panel’s Republican leadership.’
There’s some significance to Bannon being interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee. Bannon has been in the news lately for comments he made to Michael Wolff for his new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. What Bannon had to say was not pretty. Specifically, Bannon said that the meeting that occurred at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya was treasonous.
‘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 … Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad s***, and I happy to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.’
He also made the comment that the White House was trying to hold off a “Category Five hurricane.” Considering they did a really bad job dealing with Hurricane Maria, that’s not a good outlook.
In the book, he was described as saying Kushner would possibly give up dirt if Mueller looked into his finances.
‘They’re going to go right through that. They’re going to roll those two guys up and say play me or trade me.’
Whether that’s all true or not, we don’t know. The White House has, of course, denied all the explosive allegations in the book. For his remarks, Bannon earned himself a nickname from Trump when Trump called him out on Twitter as “Sloppy Steve.” Bannon did try to do a dance and a little sidestep by walking his statements back; however, it didn’t win him any favor.
He was forced to step down from Breitbart News after he lost the financial backing from Rebekah Mercer. Sirius XM also dumped Bannon.
What does this all mean for Trump? There is nothing more dangerous than a man who has nothing left to lose. At this point, that’s Bannon. He’s lost Breitbart. He lost his position in the White House. Roy Moore lost the Alabama Senate race. He’s lost his financial backing. What else could he lose? Bannon can be attributed to putting Trump in the White House, and he could possibly take him out of the White House if he chose to do so. Whether he will or not is up to him and how much he still believes in the president.
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