Steve Bannon was served with a subpoena immediately after he informed the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door hearing the White House instructed him not to testify about the transition and his tenure in the Trump Administration.
Whether his claim is true or not, People’s Pundit Daily (PPD) has not yet confirmed. However, sources say Mr. Bannon did not invoke “executive privilege.”
The former White House chief strategist is on the outs with President Donald Trump after he was quoted by author Michael Wolff as saying a meeting held between Don Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, and a Russian lawyer connected to Fusion GPS at Trump Tower in July 2016 was “unpatriotic” and “treasonous.”
Mr. Bannon, who stepped down as Executive Chairman at Breitbart News amid the controversy, recently apologized to the First Family, expressing “regret” to President Donald Trump and praising his son Donald Trump Jr. as “a patriot and a good man.”
In Wolff’s new book “Fire and Fury,” which has been called into question by numerous journalists, Mr. Bannon is quoted as saying Special Counsel Robert Mueller III was “going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.”
While many people in the book have said the author straight fabricated their remarks, which he has a very long history of doing at a level on par with famed phonies Stephen Glass and Jayson Blair, Mr. Bannon did not dispute the comments.
The questions posed by the House Intelligence Committee concerned his remarks in the book.
President Trump returned fire in a scathing statement that in part said “he [Bannon] not only lost his job, he lost his mind.” In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, the President seemed to leave the door open for a potential reconciliation with his former White House strategist.
Nevertheless, Mr. Bannon subpoenaed last week by the Mr. Mueller. He could be forced to testify before a grand jury, though it’s likely he can just conduct a sit-down interview.