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Bannon Sought Document That Links Trump To Organized Crime: Report


Bannon Sought Document That Links Trump To Organized Crime: Report

Former Trump advisor and campaign CEO, Stephen Bannon reportedly shopped around a document in 2015 linking President Trump to mobsters, CNN reports.

The document reportedly details years of alleged deals between Trump companies and figures in organized crime. The New York Times first reported about the document on Friday.

The opposition research was developed by the Government Accountability Institute (GAI), a conservative watchdog group led by Bannon which he co-founded with Peter Schweitzer in 2012.

“We research political figures from all political parties and our basic premise is ‘follow the money’. That’s what guides our research approach,” Schweizer told CNN on Monday.

The group is also backed by prominent GOP mega-donors the Mercer family, and Rebekah Mercer is listed as the group’s chairwoman on its site.

Bannon was backing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the GOP primary at the time. Cruz mentioned Trump’s ties to organized crime as reasons Trump should release his tax returns during the campaign.

Bannon is quoted in Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” as calling Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer “treasonous.”

“They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV,” Bannon said.

Trump slammed Bannon as having “lost his mind” after comments Bannon made about Donald Trump Jr. in a book about Trump’s White House first emerged.

Bannon on Sunday released a statement calling Trump Jr. a “patriot” and a “good man.” However, the White House rejected his apology on Monday.

“I just don’t think there’s any way back at this point,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told reporters.

Bannon declined CNN’s request for comment.

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