Mueller Subpoenas Steve Bannon in Russia Probe

Frederick Owens
January 17, 2018

The report came as Bannon appeared on January 16 before the U.S. House Intelligence Committee that is also probing alleged Russian interference in last year's presidential campaign, an accusation denied by Moscow.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly issued a subpoena to former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon last week, just months after former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic ... you should have called the Federal Bureau of Investigation immediately".

The subpoena may have been a negotiating tactic to convince Mr Bannon to sit down with Mr Mueller for a less-formal interview in the special counsel's offices, legal experts said.

But the pair had a bitter public falling out over comments Bannon made to author Michael Wolff for his recent book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House". According to Wolff, Bannon reported that there were "three senior guys in the campaign [who] thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower...with no lawyers", referring to a June 2016 meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer who had political dirt on Hillary Clinton. But that doesn't mean they're in his camp against the president: Seventy-eight percent of the Breitbart readers say they're on Trump's side, and just 2 percent that they're on Bannon's.

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Bannon recently retained the same lawyer being used by former Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus and White House general counsel Don McGahn.

The committee first reached out to Bannon with a request for documents and an interview before the release of "Fire and Fury". He was also not present for the controversial firing of Mr Trump's former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey.

"I have nothing to hide". "Never, ever, ever did we coordinate or cooperate or collude with any Russians". Justice Department rules allow prosecutors to subpoena the targets of investigations only in rare circumstances.

A source familiar with the matter said Bannon was issued subpoena by House committee after refusing to disclose information from the time period of the transition and White House, as first reported by Fox News.

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