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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team wants to question former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon about the firings of national security adviser Michael Flynn and FBI Director James Comey, according to two people familiar with the investigation. Bannon is set to interview with Mueller by the end of the month, these people say, as the special counsel's investigation moves closer to President Donald Trump's inner circle. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was a witness to the firing of Comey, was interviewed last week, the Justice Department confirmed Tuesday.

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In addition to the Comey and Flynn firings, key issues from Bannon's time in the White House are likely to include Trump's decision to fire then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates and any pressure the President may have exerted on Sessions about the FBI investigation into Russia's interference with the election.

Bannon's attorney has said that his client will not be able to use the protections of executive privilege to dodge questions when he meets with Mueller's team.

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"But his efforts to shield himself fell short.

Bannon was a key force in lobbying Trump to bring on attorney Marc Kasowitz and spokesman Mark Corallo as his first legal team that wrangled with Russia issues, according to a person familiar with the arrangement. But it took months for the administration to stand up its current structure of lawyers, both inside and outside the White House, to handle the daily deluge of Russia revelations.

In the meantime, Bannon and other top administration officials -- including former chief of staff Reince Priebus and current White House counsel Don McGahn -- sometimes found themselves racing from the West Wing to the residence to huddle with the President about emerging developments in the Russia investigation."

"You realize where this is going. ... This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose (senior prosecutor Andrew) Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy," Bannon is quoted as saying in Wolff's book. "Their path to ---- Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr., and Jared Kushner. ... It's as plain as a hair on your face."

Bannon also said Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, both senior White House advisers, are "terrified" that Mueller will investigate the finances of their respective business empires."

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I hear the train a comin' rollin' round the bend
I ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when
Well I'm stuck in Folsom Prison and time keeps dragging on
While a train keeps a rollin' on down to San Antone

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-24 06:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Hopefully the whole Trump cartel lands in prison.

#2 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-01-24 09:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This step, which hasn't happened yet, has taken 9 months so far.

#3 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-01-24 09:22 PM | Reply

Bannon is going to ruin Trump.

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2018-01-25 02:17 AM | Reply

TOR

"Bannon is going to ruin Trump." He may as well.

But I think it depends upon whether Mueller finds Bannon a bit player or a smoking gun.

#5 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-25 05:48 AM | Reply

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