Bannon Strikes Deal With Special Counsel Mueller — Trump Must Be Terrified
Deal spares Steve Bannon from appearing before Robert Mueller’s Grand Jury…For Now
A day after refusing to offer up very little — if anything at all — to the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, former Trump Campaign Chief Executive turned White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has struck a deal to presumably provide actual information to Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. The New York Times reported Tuesday that Mueller’s team issued a subpoena compelling Bannon to testify before a grand jury, and CNN reports that Bannon just forged a deal with the Former FBI Director to avoid such a fate:
Steve Bannon has struck a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team and will be interviewed by prosecutors instead of testifying before the grand jury, two people familiar with the process told CNN. He is expected to cooperate with the special counsel, the sources said.
The sources did not say when the interview will take place or if the subpoena would be withdrawn.
The news of a deal comes at the same time that the Associated Press is reporting that Bannon’s attorney Bill Burck was in constant communication with the Trump White House during his testimony on capitol hill:
BREAKING: AP Sources: Steve Bannon attorney relayed questions to White House during House interview, was told when not to respond.
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 17, 2018
Bannon is not the first high-profile member of the Trump campaign or administration to strike a deal with Director Mueller. Former National Security Director Michael Flynn has already pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and agreed to cooperate with the investigation. Trump campaign foreign policy analyst George Popodopolous admitted to the same charge. Furthermore, former Trump 2016 chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates are presently under indictment.
But given the intimate relationship that the former Breitbart editor had with both the campaign and administration, he would arguably be the most intriguing cooperating witness, should the investigation come to that.
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