The very public divorce between disgraced White House Chief Strategist and Breitbart edition Stephen K. Bannon and President Donald Trump is coming back to haunt him.
The New York Times just revealed that the far-right extremist has been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury as part of Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation into the alleged collusion between Donald Trump and agents of the Russian Federation.
Based on his remarks to author Michael Wolff, whose newly released book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House just took the nation by storm, it appears that Bannon has quite a lot to tell the Special Counsel.
Bannon told Wolff that Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya in Trump Tower was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.,” adding that investigators were going to “crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.”
In addition, he revealed that he believes Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner is in serious hot water due to a slew of money-laundering activities and will eventually be turning on Trump to save his own skin.
“This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose [senior prosecutor Andrew] Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy. Their path to f*cking Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr, and Jared Kushner… It’s as plain as a hair on your face.
“It goes through Deutsche Bank and all the Kushner sh*t. The Kushner sh*t is greasy. They’re going to go right through that. They’re going to roll those two guys up and say play me or trade me.”
With these remarks, Bannon might as well have sent Mueller a letter with the words “SUBPOENA ME” written on it.
Mueller’s move marks the first time that a member of Trump’s inner circle has been called in for questioning. It’s unclear why he waited so long or why Bannon was treated differently than the “dozens” of officials who were interviewed last year and never called before the grand jury.
Many see the move as a sign that Mueller’s investigators are closing in, having tied up the outer edges of the Trump crew and are moving on to the juicy center of the alleged conspiracy.
Bannon, having played a crucial role in the twilight of the ultimately successful Trump campaign, the transition team, and the first 100 days of the Trump administration, surely has a lot to say – and now that Trump has publicly disavowed him and thrown him to the wolves, there’s nothing stopping him from telling them everything he knows.