Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, November 04, 2017

Norman Eisen, Richard W. Painter and Virginia Canter: The latest news in the saga of Steve Bannon is that the former White House senior adviser has reportedly been pushing President Donald Trump to be more forceful against special counsel Robert Mueller. Bannon's ideas allegedly include urging Trump to cut funding for the probe, telling Trump to withhold documents and pressing Trump to bring in more aggressive lawyers. These latest alleged Bannon-Trump communications come on top of other reported contacts between the two since Bannon left the White House. And it all raises serious questions as to whether Bannon is violating federal ethics laws and perhaps other statutes, including those concerning obstruction of justice.

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Former White House staff members -- whether encamped at Breitbart News or anywhere else -- are constrained by 18 USC 207, which governs "restrictions on former officers, employees, and elected officials of the executive and legislative branches." One provision of this statute prohibits former senior executive branch officials from communicating with their former agency for one year on behalf of other persons, whether their current employers, persons who are targets of a government investigation or anyone else. And former very senior White House officials, such as Bannon, are subject to a two-year cooling off period, which bars them not only from making such communications on behalf of others back to White House staff, but also to other very senior people in the government, such as the attorney general -- and also the president.

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God knows Mueller has a massive staff. Charge and arrest the arrogant meathead.

#1 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-11-04 10:07 AM | Reply

God knows Mueller has a massive staff.

Phrasing!

#2 | Posted by RevDarko at 2017-11-04 10:28 AM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 2

If the criminal code says it's illegal the the title of the post shouldn't be "MAY BE Illegal"...

#3 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-11-04 12:43 PM | Reply

LOCK HIM UP! LOCK HIM UP!

#4 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-11-04 03:48 PM | Reply

Bannon is scum.

#5 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-11-05 12:40 PM | Reply

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