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Report: Bannon Lawyers Up, Signals Full Cooperation With Russia Investigators

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon has reportedly retained legal counsel in advance of meetings with investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Bannon is slated to take questions from members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence next week. The interview could present danger to the Trump administration, as Bannon — lately spurned by longtime friends and allies — could be unpredictable in the aftermath of his break with the president.

The Daily Beast reported Thursday that Bannon has hired William Burck of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. Burck is co-managing partner in the firm’s Washington office and specializes in white collar defense, complex multi-jurisdictional investigations and political matters. He previously represented former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who was convicted on corruption charges in September 2014. The Supreme Court subsequently vacated those convictions.

Burck also represents White House Counsel Don McGahn and former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus in connection with the Russia probe. Individuals under investigation often hire the same lawyer for strategic purposes, as it allows witnesses or defendants to coordinate, share information, and formulate a single, consistent position.

Unnamed sources told the Daily Beast that Bannon plans to “fully cooperate” with investigators.

Also Thursday, Daily Caller editor-in-chief Geoff Ingersoll offered Bannon an internship at TheDC.

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