Steve Bannon Will ‘Tell Everything’ To Robert Mueller: Report
The obstruction of justice probe into President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey just took a turn for the worse for the erratic president as former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon “intends to fully cooperate with Mueller,” according to a new report by The Daily Beast.
Citing a source familiar with Bannon’s thinking, The Daily Beast’s Betsy Woodruff revealed Bannon’s legal strategy Tuesday night.
Bannon, who was inside the White House when Comey was fired and has strong opinions about what happened, spent 11 hours on Capitol Hill yesterday, but refused to answer questions.
The House Intelligence Committee refused to accept Bannon’s objection, and served him with a subpoena on the spot. But White House lawyers continued to instruct Bannon not to answer questions, until they have an agreement with the committee about the scope of questions, the source said, The Beast reports.
However, the White House has placed zero restrictions on Bannon talking to special counsel Bob Mueller, according to the source: “He can say whatever the hell he wants to say to him about whatever topic that he wants, and that’s what he plans to do.”
Mueller subpoenaed Bannon last week to testify before a grand jury. The move marked the first time Mr. Mueller is known to have used a grand jury subpoena to seek information from a member of Mr. Trump’s inner circle.
The source, using a colorful metaphor to emphasize Bannon will cooperate with Mueller, said, “So the idea that Bannon is trying to hide anything: You’re scared of throwing meat to the kitten, but you’re fine with throwing it to the tiger?”
Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the committee’s top Democrat, said on Capitol Hill last evening, in a clip aired by MSNBC: “This was effectively a gag order by the White House.”
The committee has called Bannon back, but the source doesn’t expect White House lawyers to change their minds.
“It would be hard for them to sustain publicly if they were just hiding this information. But they’re giving it to Mueller.”