Hope Hicks to Go Before Committee in Russia Probe

Jan 17, 2018, 02:03
Hope Hicks to Go Before Committee in Russia Probe

Steve Bannon, a man who once served as chief strategist to President Donald Trump and as chief executive to right-wing news outlet Breitbart, has been issued a grand jury subpoena by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Mueller's team has used subpoenas before to get information from President Trump's associates, but this is the first time he used a grand jury subpoena, the newspaper said.

Mr Bannon had been meeting separately with the US House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee on Tuesday as part of its own investigation into the Russian Federation allegations. Bannon had deemed "treasonous" a meeting between a Russian lawyer and Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Bannon's appearance at a closed door committee meeting comes just days after he suffered an extraordinary public break with President Trump.

This is one of four investigations being conducted by Congress into the alleged collusion, with others launched by the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight Committee.

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Peter Carr, spokesman for the special counsel, declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.

Although Lewandowski expects to testify in front of the House committee, he said Robert Mueller, who is heading the FBI investigation into possible Russian Federation meddling, hasn't asked him to give a statement.

Mr Bannon will now be legally obliged to give testimony before a grand jury about the Trump campaign's links to Russian Federation, according to the paper.

Meanwhile, it seems that Fire and Fury, the book by Michael Wolff, may have inspired Special Counsel Robert Mueller to decide it was time to talk with Bannon as well.

So the picture painted by this story is that Mueller is going after Bannon in a way that is more aggressive than his approach to other Trump figures.

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Wolff, who painted a picture of an erratic and poorly informed president, was given substantial access to the White House during Trump's first year by Bannon.

Bannon was subpoenaed last week to testify before a grand jury, the New York Times reported.

Former Trump ally Steve Bannon has seen his support among Republicans crater to new lows. After questioning Bannon about the matters that are known, investigators will nearly certainly ask the usual question: "Is there is anything else we should know about?"

Following the release of 'Fire and Fury, ' the president tweeted that Bannon had 'lost his mind, ' which included numerous disparaging quotes from Bannon about the Trump family, the president tweeted that Bannon had 'lost his mind'.

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