Bannon hires lawyer as he prepares for Russia-related congressional testimony

Glen Norman
January 14, 2018

The move comes as he continues to suffer the fallout from Michael Wolff's explosive book, Fire and Fury, in which Bannon harshly disparaged several members of the president's inner circle, including Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner.

"What did we have?"

Bannon had previously insisted that he did not need a lawyer because he had not been drawn into the multiple investigations into whether Trump's team coordinated with Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign. Well before the 2016 presidential election, Democrats and "Never Trump" Republicans said then-candidate Donald Trump was a racist, xenophobic know-nothing and a liar.

Bannon was working as Trump's chief strategist when the president fired FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump: Dershowitz interview on "witch hunt" a "must watch" Comey after Trump tweet: FBI is honest, strong, independent Former ethics director: Trump's tweet on Flynn would have ended past administrations MORE a year ago.

Cohen told WSJ that Trump denies "any such occurrence". How far back is anyone's guess, but it will depend in part on whether Trump gets too cozy with the Republican establishment in Washington and the GOP base becomes disenchanted with the president and begins to think more highly again of Bannon. He called Trump Jr. a "patriot".

On Monday, deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said Bannon's apology did not alter his standing with the president.

In "Fire and Fury", Bannon faulted Donald Jr., former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump's adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner for taking the meeting with the Russians during the presidential campaign and not reporting it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The House Intelligence Committee is one of three congressional panels investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and links to the Trump campaign. Mercer's daughter, Rebekah, is a minority stakeholder in Breitbart News and recently said, "my family and I have not communicated with Steve Bannon in many months and have provided no financial support to his political agenda, nor do we support his recent actions and statements". Jarvanka helped engineer Mr. Bannon's August ouster from his White House job. This trifecta of insults on the genus Trump prompted pater's tweet claiming himself a "stable genius", proving that perhaps not everything in Mr. Wolff's book was made up by the author.

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