Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist and Breitbart News chief now on the outs with President Donald Trump, will meet with special counsel Robert Mueller next week.
An unnamed source familiar with the process told NBC News that Bannon and Mueller will meet before the end of next week in an informal setting. PBS confirmed NBC’s reporting through two unnamed sources.
Mueller issued a subpoena compelling Bannon’s testimony before a grand jury on Jan. 16. Bannon’s lawyers negotiated with the special counsel to secure more favorable interview terms. William Burck of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan represents Bannon, White House counsel Don McGahn, and former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.
Though Bannon was not originally a prominent factor in the investigation, Mueller’s interest in him was reportedly raised by Michael Wolff’s bombshell tell-all “Fire and Fury.” In a series of interviews with Wolff, Bannon lambasted Donald Trump Jr. for meeting with Kremlim-aligned lawyers hawking anti-Clinton opposition research at Trump Tower in June 2016. In one startling exchange, Bannon called the summit “treasonous,” suggesting more substantive conversations took place during the conference than previously acknowledged.
“The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers,” he said. “Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”
He further predicted Trump Jr. would crumble under the special counsel’s scrutiny.
“They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV,” he said.
Bannon bucked a subpoena to appear before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Tuesday. Lawyers indicated the Trump administration does not want Bannon to answer questions about his service in the White House before a congressional committee.
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