Steve Bannon quits Breitbart News role following spat with Donald Trump

Frederick Owens
January 13, 2018

After Bannon left the White House in August, he remained on good terms with Trump.

Former White House strategist Stephen Bannon has hired prominent Washington attorney William Burck to represent him as he prepares to testify to the House Intelligence Committee about his role in Donald Trump's presidential campaign, according to a person familiar with the arrangement. Mr Bannon said then that his leaving was pre-planned, and that he could better support President Donald Trump at the helm of Breitbart.

Reuters reports Bannon will sit down on Capital Hill on Tuesday.

Bannon in recent weeks has had a falling out with Trump. "A hundred percent of what Steve says I probably don't agree with, but I came to appreciate a, his insights and b, to believe this was a man who thought he had a job to do".

The interview will focus on Bannon's time with the Trump campaign rather than the transition period or his tenure as President Trump's chief strategist. Why the Trump White House permitted such detailed access to senior officials is still unclear, but Bannon has implied that the quote from him is accurate.

After the book's publication, Bannon expressed regret about his statements, saying said his criticism was aimed at Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman who also attended the meeting.

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"Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency".

Trump replied to Bannon's comments with fury, saying "When he was sacked, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind".

Former Breitbart spokesman Kurt Bardella does not think Mr Bannon would stay quiet for long.

Mr Trump and Mr Bannon have had a long and turbulent history.

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.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders last Thursday said Breitbart should "look at and consider" cutting ties with Mr Bannon.

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