Despite Trump’s wishes, the investigation into possible collusion between his team and Russia isn’t going away.
He’s confided in private that he thinks special counsel Robert Mueller is on the verge of exonerating him through a special letter, despite all the evidence to the contrary. In fact, it seems like Mueller’s probe is expanding, and some are worried that when Trump realizes the extent of the situation, he may move to fire Mueller.
Today served up a stark reminder that the special counsel shouldn’t be the only source of concern for Trump and his cronies. Former White House Chief Strategist Steven Bannon has officially been pulled back into the imploding star that is the Trump presidency. He, along with former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, has been asked to appear before the House Intelligence Committee in the new year, reports Bloomberg.
The committee hasn’t received a response from either man yet, nor has it had to issue subpoenas, but the move spells bad news for the both of them. Until now, they’ve managed to stay relatively clear of the blast zone, even as Paul Manafort — another former campaign manager — was slammed with an indictment along with several other former Trump team officials and disgraced former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn struck a plea deal.
The bombshell news comes on the tail of yesterday’s surprise report that Bannon refers to Trump as a “child” in private, and hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a 2020 presidential run. In other words, his loyalty to Trump is already in question.
Whether or not he tells the truth to the House Intel Committee is certainly a matter of interest, but perhaps more important is the fact that they want to question him in the first place. It implies that they have cause to believe he could be involved in the Trump team’s wrongdoing, which means before long he may find himself in Mueller’s crosshairs.
At that point, he’ll be brought in front of the FBI and given a stark choice: tell the truth about what he knows regarding Trump, or lie to the FBI and set off down the same path that got Mike Flynn indicted. In either case, it means bad news for the Trump presidency and good news for the American people.