Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon on Tuesday morning went behind closed doors with the House Intelligence Committee to testify in the panel’s ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election.
Bannon, who joined the Trump campaign in August of 2016, is expected to face a grilling on comments he made to Michael Wolff, the author of a controversial new book about the Trump White House.
Bannon told Wolff that a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between campaign officials and a Russian lawyer believed to have political dirt on Hillary Clinton was “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, according to Wolff’s account. “Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic ... you should have called the FBI immediately.”
Further, Bannon added, “the chance that [Donald Trump Jr.] did not walk these jumos up to his father's office on the twenty-sixth floor is zero.”
Lawmakers will press Bannon on what the president knew about that meeting, the controversy surrounding the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, as well as any financial crimes.
“Specifically what's the basis for his assertion that the president met with the participants in the Trump Tower meeting,” the committee’s top Democrat, Adam Schiff (Calif.), told ABC News's Pierre Thomas. “What [Bannon] knows about the president’s knowledge of that meeting, as well as his concerns over money laundering which has been a persistent concern of ours as well.”
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy, Richard Gates, have both been charged with money laundering as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s federal investigation into potential campaign collusion with Russia.
There is no public indication that Bannon is under investigation by Mueller.
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