Bannon's New Issue: A Subpoena From Mueller

Former Trump strategist ordered to submit to questioning on Russia investigation
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2018 11:50 AM CST
In this April 9, 2017, photo, Steve Bannon steps off Air Force One.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

(Newser) – The fallout over Steve Bannon's comments in the Fire and Fury book just took a new form, that of a subpoena from Robert Mueller. The New York Times reports that the former Trump strategist was issued the subpoena last week compelling him to answer questions about alleged collusion between the president's election campaign and Russia. What's more, Bannon is the first from Trump's inner circle to get a subpoena, notes the Times, though the reason for that is unclear. One theory is that if he agrees to be forthcoming, he could skip the grand jury appearance and instead be interviewed under less formal circumstances in Mueller's office. Among his comments to author Michael Wolff (a co-founder of Newser) was that a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russians was "treasonous."

News of the development comes as Bannon was being questioned behind closed doors on Tuesday by the House Intelligence Committee, which is conducting its own investigation into Russian meddling in the election, reports the Hill. The panel also was expected to focus on Bannon's comments about the 2016 meeting, and what President Trump might have known about it. One bright spot for Bannon: The subpoena strongly suggests that he is not under investigation himself, but is instead being asked to supply information about others, notes the Times.

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