WASHINGTON — Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, was subpoenaed last week by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to testify before a grand jury as part of the investigation into possible links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.
The move marked the first time Mr. Mueller is known to have used a grand jury subpoena to seek information from a member of Mr. Trump’s inner circle. The special counsel’s office has used subpoenas before to seek information on Mr. Trump’s associates and their possible ties to Russia or other foreign governments.
The subpoena could be a negotiating tactic. Mr. Mueller is likely to allow Mr. Bannon to forgo the grand jury appearance if he agrees to instead be questioned by investigators in the less formal setting of the special counsel’s offices about ties between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia and about the president’s conduct in office, according to the person, who would not be named discussing the case. But it was not clear why Mr. Mueller treated Mr. Bannon differently than the dozen administration officials who were interviewed in the final months of last year and were never served with a subpoena.
The subpoena is a sign that Mr. Bannon is not personally the focus of the investigation. Justice Department rules allow prosecutors to subpoena to the targets of investigations only in rare circumstances.
Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon apologized to President Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr, on Sunday, feeding quotes to the website Axios.
‘I regret that my delay in responding to the inaccurate reporting regarding Don Jr has diverted attention from the president’s historical accomplishments in the first year of his presidency,’ the Breitbart head said.
He also explained that when he labeled Donald Trump Jr’s Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer as ‘treasonous,’ he meant for that description to be attached to Paul Manafort, who he said would know better.
‘My comments were aimed at Paul Manafort, a seasoned campaign professional with experience and knowledge of how the Russians operate,’ Bannon explained. ‘He should have known they are duplicitous, cunning and not our friends.’
‘To reiterate, those comments were not aimed at Don Jr,’ Bannon told Axios.
Bannon has found himself isolated from Trumpworld in recent days, as author Michael Wolff’s new book, ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House’ has hit bookshelves.
A Bannon insider told CNN Sunday that the former chief strategist had planned to attack Wolff in a statement, before the president started attacking him.
Bannon was an on-the-record source for Wolff in the book.
In it, Bannon described the 2016 meeting between campaign aides and a group of Russians as ‘treasonous’ and ‘unpatriotic.’
Bannon also predicted that the Russia probe, led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, would focus on money laundering.
RUSH LIMBAUGH: Steve Bannon has now earned a Trumpian nickname. When that happens to you, that’s not good. I mean, Crooked Hillary will always now forever be known as Crooked Hillary. To a certain extent, Lyin’ Ted, I mean, he’s always gonna have that moniker. And now Sloppy Steve.
…One of the things that I happened to mention yesterday was that everybody knows, or has known, that most of the leaking coming out of the White House had been Steve Bannon. You’d be stunned at the number of people who knew. Bannon was spending so much time with Maggie Haberman at the New York Times. He was spending a lot of time with people at The Politico. Everybody knew this, and I by no means was the only one saying it. (chuckling) But you wouldn’t know that if you’re watching Fox & Friends today because, apparently, I’m the only guy who’s made this public!
Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book. He used Sloppy Steve Bannon, who cried when he got fired and begged for his job. Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by almost everyone. Too bad! https://t.co/mEeUhk5ZV9
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( The Hill ) Breitbart News chairman Stephen Bannon on Wednesday was about to issue a statement praising Donald Trump Jr.and disputing his quotes in a book from Michael Wolff, but the statement was spiked after President Trump went nuclear on his former chief strategist.
Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation say that Bannon’s aides sought to impress upon him the need to put out a statement quickly. The aides had crafted a statement, which was pending Bannon’s approval, when the White House beat him to the punch.
In the unreleased statement, Bannon had planned to call Trump Jr. a patriot and dispute the account in Wolff’s book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” in which Bannon described Trump Jr. as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic” for setting up a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer.
Bannon and his allies did not see a need to release the statement once Trump accused his former top campaign aide of having “lost his mind.” They believe the president’s statement effectively ended the relationship between the two men.
“He was literally just about to respond but backed off when the White House issued the statement,” said one source.
Rush Limbaugh: “The thing that I think everybody believes and that everybody knows is that most of the leaking that was coming out of the Trump White House was Steve Bannon “
( Daily Wire ) On Thursday afternoon, The Wall Street Journal reported that former White House chief strategist and Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon could be ousted from the publication he runs. That revelation follows President Trump nuking Bannon from orbit over Bannon’s statements that the Trump family had acted in “treasonous” and criminal fashion. According to the Journal:
Mr. Bannon’s longtime benefactors, billionaires Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah Mercer, are actively distancing from him even before the expected release of Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” according to two people close to the Mercers.
They and other Breitbart News Network LLC board members on Thursday were debating whether to oust Mr. Bannon as chairman, with many supportive of the move, according to a person familiar with the exchanges. Among the considerations are Breitbart’s contractual relationships with other entities, including Sirius XM radio, that involve Mr. Bannon.
Limbaugh: Most leaks coming from White House were from Bannon
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Thursday that he believes Stephen Bannon was responsible for the majority of the first-year leaks coming out of the Trump administration.
“The thing that I think everybody believes and that everybody knows is that most of the leaking that was coming out of the Trump White House was Steve Bannon .
…The straw that broke the camel’s back was when it was conclusively proven that Bannon was the big leaker. I think they knew it all along.
Bannon has been thought of as Trump’s right-hand man on policy, agenda, populism, advancing the Trump agenda and all this. And, at other occasions, Bannon has appeared to be at great conflict with Trump, thinking that Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing, that Bannon is the reason anything happened.
He’s giving interviews to reporters and conveying that point of view. He goes on 60 Minutes and then contradicts that. He’s back to saying the Russian collusion story is a nothing burger. Nothing to it. Trump is great. It’s all over the ballpark. You can’t keep track of it. And then I start asking, “Why is everybody so fascinated and interested in this?”