Bannon Scorches Trump Team for ‘Treasonous’, ‘Unpatriotic’ Russia Meeting in Explosive New Book
Bannon Goes Nuclear on Don Jr in What Promises To be a Scathing New Book
If Republicans were upset with Steve Bannon after his handpicked candidate for Senate in Alabama handed the seat to a Democrat for the first time in a generation, just wait until they get their hands on investigative journalist Michael Wolff’s upcoming book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. According to The Guardian — which has read excerpts of Wolff’s work — Trump’s former campaign executive “is a central figure in the nasty, cutthroat drama, quoted extensively, often in salty language.” And worse, his opinions on the relationship between Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government will only add more fuel to the fire spreading from Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the two.
The Guardian notes:
Bannon has described the Trump Tower meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”, according to an explosive new book seen by the Guardian.
Bannon, speaking to author Michael Wolff, warned that the investigation into alleged collusion with the Kremlin will focus on money laundering and predicted: “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.”
Meeting With Russia Was ‘Bad Shit’
The primary source of Bannon’s ire was the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting involving Donald Trump Jr, his brother in law Jared Kushner, and then-Campaign Chair Paul Manafort (who has since been indicted by Mueller) representing the campaign and Russian lawyers with ties to the Kremlin. According to the excerpts, Bannon sarcastically said:
“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. They didn’t have any lawyers.
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.”
Wolff’s book is being released as Republicans are growing increasingly frustrated with the weight of Mueller’s investigation appearing to hinder their agenda. After a calendar year which saw them in control of the White House, House of Representatives and Senate, the only legislative accomplishments they were able to achieve were a grossly unpopular tax reform package and the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch — the latter requiring a change to longstanding Senate rules. Having the Breitbart editor accuse Team Trump of treason isn’t going to make governing any easier.
There is no doubt that Mueller’s investigation has weighed the president and his party down. According to polls, a majority of voters believe Trump, at the very least, attempted to obstruct justice. Congressional Republicans now face an 8 point deficit in a generic ballot question as the midterm elections are approaching. The inability of Trump to gain any legislative traction is likely tied to the incessant drumbeat of Russia and the gathering storm clouds of Mueller’s investigation, which has already netted multiple indictments and guilty pleas.
With Bannon now openly calling the infamous Trump Tower meeting “treason”, and given his prominent role in cultivating the alt-right into an active Republican voting bloc, Trump may have finally found himself backed into a corner he can’t tweet out of.
And the Republicans in both chambers of Congress who have attempted to silence Mueller and give the president a free pass for possible collusion and obstruction will not only have to answer to the general public, but to their Bannon-influenced base as well.
Featured Image: FAIRHOPE, AL – DECEMBER 05: Steve Bannon speaks before introducing Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore during a campaign event at Oak Hollow Farm on December 5, 2017 in Fairhope, Alabama. Mr. Moore is facing off against Democrat Doug Jones in next week’s special election for the U.S. Senate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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