With the recent publication of Michael Wolff’s “Fire & Fury,” Steve Bannon landed in some hot water. He lost his position at Breitbart, as well as the support of his billionaire benefactors. Now, the question on everyone’s mind is “What will Bannon say?”
With Bannon’s departure from the White House and abandonment by all his allies, investigators are anxious to question him. Bannon recently faced questions from the House Intelligence Committee, but during that meeting his attorney communicated with the White House in real time to determine which questions should be answered and which should not.
When facing tough questions from reporters about whether or not the Trump White House is “scared of what Bannon might say,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders grew flustered, doing her best to stick to her talking points.
MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson asked, “Is the White House scared of what Bannon might say in these interviews?”
‘Not that I’m aware of. I think we’ve been pretty clear what our position is in regards to this entire process, that there was absolutely no collusion, but in terms of what he might say, I can’t answer that, I can’t speculate on that.’
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The White House, claiming executive privilege, blocked Bannon from answering any questions during the House interview that came from the transition period or his time in the White House.
‘As lawmakers probed Bannon’s time working for President Donald Trump, Bannon’s attorney Bill Burck was asking the White House counsel’s office by phone during the Tuesday session whether his client could answer the questions. He was told by that office not to discuss his work on the transition or in the White House.
‘Bannon refused to answer a broad array of queries from the House Intelligence Committee about his time working for Trump, leading the Republican committee chairman to authorize a subpoena.
‘The developments brought to the forefront questions about White House efforts to control what current and former aides tell Congress about their time in Trump’s inner circle, and whether Republicans on Capitol Hill would force the issue.’
Now, Steve Bannon is set to be interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, after striking a deal to avoid going in front of a grand jury. According to reports, he’ll be much more forthcoming to Mueller than he was to Congress, as the same rules don’t apply. From CNN:
‘Bannon, the former White House chief strategist for President Donald Trump, is expected to talk openly to Mueller’s team. Bannon’s attorney told the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that Bannon would answer questions when he goes to the special counsel because executive privilege would not apply, according to one of the sources.
‘Last week, the FBI attempted to serve Bannon with a subpoena to appear before the grand jury in the Russia probe. He referred agents to his attorney, multiple sources said.’
In “Fire & Fury,” Bannon, who was a primary source for the book, is quoted as saying that the infamous Trump tower meeting was “treasonous.” Investigators are probably very interested in what information he has to back up or further clarify that statement.
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