Bannon testifies before House committee

By Mark Moore
January 16, 2018 | 9:48am | Updated

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Stephen Bannon arrives for an interview by the House Intelligence Committee investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.Reuters



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President Trump’s former top White House strategist Steve Bannon arrived on Capitol Hill on Tuesday for an appearance before a House committee investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Bannon, who joined the Trump campaign in August 2016 as campaign chief, will testify behind closed doors at a House Intelligence Committee hearing.

In a blockbuster tell-all about the Trump White House, Bannon was quoted calling a June 2016 meeting Donald Trump Jr. had with other campaign associates and a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin “treasonous.”

“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,” Bannon said in “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.” “Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic … you should have called the FBI immediately.”

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, a White House adviser, also attended the meeting.

President Trump blasted Bannon for his comments about his son and other family members, including daughter Ivanka.

“When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind,” Trump said in a statement after excerpts of the book came out earlier this month.

Bannon’s break with Trump also led to his stepping down from his post at Breitbart News, which he rejoined after leaving the White House in August 2017.