If Steve Bannon wants to get even with President Trump over their recent feud, he will have ample opportunity in the coming weeks.
On Tuesday, Fox News confirmed Robert Mueller has in fact issued a subpoena to former White House strategist Steve Bannon regarding the Russia probe.
According to the report, the FBI has repeatedly tried to reach Bannon with no success, so the subpoena was issued requiring him to appear before Mueller.
Oddly enough, as the FBI says it was unable to reach Bannon, he was appearing before the House Intelligence committee on Tuesday for its investigation into the Russian scandal.
Bannon has been under fire for a quote being attributed to him in Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”
Mr. Bannon lit up Donald Jr. over his meeting with a Russian attorney, allegedly stating, “Even if you thought that was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad s**t, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”
Bannon also allegedly stated that Donald Jr. would crack “like an egg on live TV” if he were ever forced to give public testimony about that meeting.
When Bannon first left his position, it was made to look like it was a scheduled exit by both sides.
While the press spun it as a firing and liberals tried to say the two had a falling out, both Bannon and Trump made nice in the press and Bannon said he was continuing what he and Trump started from beyond the realm of the White House.
After the story about his quote from the book broke, though, Trump dressed down Bannon on Twitter saying he was in fact fired and that he was not only “sloppy” but had also “lost his mind.”
Many believe Trump reacted too quickly and did not wait for Bannon himself to react the publication.
The Hill reported Bannon had initially planned on publishing a rebuke of the book, denying he made the inflammatory statements about Donald Jr. as well as slamming Wolff’s book as a “lefty hatchet job.”
That statement, of course, never came after Trump lit him up publicly with some childish name calling.
It is moments like this that I wish someone would grab that phone out of his hand and allow situations to develop a bit more before Trump reacts to them.
In this particular situation, Trump should have at least reached out to Bannon to find out what his response to the book was going to be before going off like he did. Even though they have gone their own ways, Bannon could have been a very strong ally in fighting off the image Wolff portrays in the book, but that will never happen now.
Not only that, but Bannon is testifying before the House Intelligence Committee as well as Mueller with a possible agenda.
The very man that helped Trump win the White House could end being the man that also takes him down.
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