Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Bannon to testify before House committee next week, source says

Bannon to testify before House committee next week, source says

The former White House chief strategist was quoted in Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" as speaking out against President Donald Trump and his family. Bannon did not apologize for his criticism of the president's daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, with whom he had squabbled inside the West Wing. This, by the way, was true long before Trump became president or even before his candidacy.

On Thursday, the House Intelligence committee's top Democrat, Adam Schiff, told reporters at the Capitol that Ms. Trump should appear before the panel, which he said still needs to interview "dozens" of witnesses to ensure "a complete job" of investigating alleged contacts between the Trump campaign and Kremlin-connected figures.

Republican strategist Cheri Jacobus speculated on Thursday that Bannon was planning to crush Trump in the Russian Federation probe after the president was instrumental in getting Bannon fired from Breitbart and his Sirius XM radio program, as well as convincing the wealthy Mercer family to stop funding Bannon's campaigns.

Former Trump campaign CEO and scorned ex-White House adviser Steve Bannon is expected to be interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee as part of its Russian Federation probe next Tuesday, Reuters reported Thursday.

It is not unheard of for one attorney to represent more than one client on the same matter.

After Bannon left the White House in August, he remained on good terms with Trump. It is therefore likely that his ideas already resonated with Trump back then. Bannon, a former Goldman Sachs banker turned economic nationalist who boasted about making Breitbart into a platform for the alt-right and was yearning for a revolution in Washington, met Trump, a real estate mogul with the biggest aspirations for himself, but devoid of any sort of coherent political worldview beyond a vague winner-take-all mentality.

Trump has said he never authorized any access to the White House, called Wolff's book "a Fake Book" and tweeting last week that he "actually turned [Wolff] down many times".

Trump said "we'll see what happens" when asked if he'd provide an interview to Mueller's team.

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

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