Demolishing the White House’s choreographed twist that the Russia investigation into Donald Trump’s 2016 effort is really a hoax and that particular counsel Robert Mueller is engaged in some sort of rogue witch hunt, Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon clobbers the Oval Office team at a new book due out next week.
Specifically, Bannon cries the complete Trump team under the bus over the stunning meeting it’d at Trump Tower during 2016 with Russian operatives who specifically offered to provide incriminating information about Hillary Clinton. The confab was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic,” according to Bannon, echoing the claims of Trump’s fiercest Democratic critics.
Trump’s son Donald Jr. and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, were among those who attended the collusion meeting, they later, along with preposterously, claimed had been about addressing the dilemma of Russian adoptions from the U.S.
“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,” said Bannon. “Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”
The quotes appear in the soon-to-be-released book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” by Michael Wolff, according to the Guardian.
To date, Mueller has indicted members of Trump’s inner circle, including his former campaign manager Paul Manafort and former national security advisor Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI regarding his communications with Russia.
Bannon tells Wolff that both Trump’s son and son-in-law both face major legal peril. “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV,” he said.
“This is all about money laundering,” Bannon added. “Mueller chose [senior prosecutor Andrew] Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy. Their path to fucking Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr, and Jared Kushner … It’s as plain as a hair on your face.”
Last month, it was reported that federal prosecutors had subpoenaed documents from Deutsche Bank, the German bank that has loaned hundreds of millions of dollars to the Kushner family property empire.
Bannon tells Wolff: “It goes through Deutsche Bank and all the Kushner shit. The Kushner shit is greasy. They’re going to go right through that. They’re going to roll those two guys up and say play me or trade me.”
Since leaving the White House last summer, Bannon has occasionally tried to separate himself out of Trump in hopes of cultivating his own white nationalist political market. That effort failed miserably in Alabama, where Bannon loudly touted Roy Moore as the future of this so-called populist movement within the GOP.
But when Moore was accused of child molestation, Bannon’s handpicked “populist” ambassador managed to lose to a Democrat in one of the reddest states in the country.
Now, as the Russia probe intensifies in 2018, not only isn’t Bannon going to offer the Trump staff with any pay, he’s calling out their past “treasonous” behavior.
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