A new report says that the twice fired, and now twice subpoenaed former Breitbart Chairman and White House chief strategist, will “tell all” to Special Counsel Mueller’s probe under oath.
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Steve Bannon was fired from his White House job in August shortly after his neo-Nazi ghost-editors at Breitbart marched on Charlottesville, Virginia. Then, last week, Trump’s top supporters, the Mercers, forced Bannon out of his job at Breitbart due to the fallout from Michael Wolff’s blockbuster book, Fire and Fury.
Today, the New York Times broke the news that the perpetually rumpled Steve Bannon has been subpoenaed by Mueller while he was testifying to the House Intel committee which also subpoenaed his testimony, but now it appears that he’s going to give complete testimony to the criminal grand jury.
The Daily Beast reports exclusively:
“Mueller will hear everything Bannon has to say,” said the source, who is familiar with Bannon’s thinking.
But executive privilege—the president’s right to keep certain information from the public so he can have frank conversations with aides—will not keep Steve Bannon from sharing information with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Executive privilege is the presidential prerogative to withhold the White House’s internal deliberations from questioning by Congress.
Today, Bannon testified for nine and a half hours but invoked executive privilege, limiting his responses about the presidential transition and his role as Trump’s chief strategist, and even matters after leaving the White House.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) pushed back on the White House’s attempt at a general gag order in an MSNBC interview with Chris Hayes (video below). Furthermore, Schiff told Hayes that the White House failed to state a grounds for claiming executive privilege – a requirement for shielding Bannon’s testimony.
However, the landmark Supreme Court case Nixon vs. U.S. established that presidents and their staffs cannot withhold information from a criminal probe.
Special Counsel Mueller’s summons to Steve Bannon in the wake of his betrayal of Donald Trump – by telling the truth to a journalist – sets up a Shakespearian drama between the President as Caesar and the deposed white nationalist propagandist in the role of Brutus.
Brutus helped Julius Caesar become a dictator in the Roman Republic, taming the Senate to his heel, but eventually turned on his former boss, participating in his group assassination.
Steve Bannon’s in-depth testimonial comments in the book Fire and Fury seem to give every reason for Mueller to find out exactly what Trump’s former top advisor found so treasonous about Don Jr. and Paul Manafort’s Trump Tower meeting with a Russian-linked lawyer, and why he thought Trump knew about Putin stealing Hillary Clinton’s emails.
If Bannon tells all, it could easily assassinate Donald Trump’s presidency, but it cannot do so soon enough.
Watch Democratic Representative Adam Schiff explain why his committee subpoenaed Steve Bannon’s testimony today:
— All In w/Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) January 17, 2018