Bannon to appear before Congress committee on Russian Federation probe

Bannon to appear before Congress committee on Russian Federation probe

This apparently off-hand remark may take on new significance after that another lawyer for the president, Michael Cohen, just weeks before the 2016 presidential election to keep her silent about an alleged 2006 sexual encounter with Trump. "Kasowitz has gotten him out of all kinds of jams", Bannon reportedly said.

His departure came as he was the center of controversy over derogatory comments he was quoted as having made about the president and his family in Michael Wolff's book "Fire and Fury: Inside Donald Trump's White House".

Trump's nefarious anti-immigration remarks in declaring his intention to run for president back in 2015, in which he accused Mexico of sending "rapists" to the United States and vowed to build a "great, great wall" along the southern USA border, were made without Bannon's involvement.

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is expected to testify before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed session next week, NBC News reported on Friday, citing two sources.

Mr. Bannon and Breitbart will work together on a smooth transition, a statement from the company's chief executive, Larry Solov, said.

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Corey Lewandowski, Trump's former campaign manager, said Bannon had clearly crossed a line.

US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One before leaving the White House on January 5, 2018. His support of Roy S. Moore in Alabama ended in an embarrassing loss.

Bannon did not dispute his comments in the book, but he apologized for them.

His departure from Breitbart threatens to further isolate the self-proclaimed champion of anti-Washington populism that swept Trump to power and whom Bloomberg once called "the most unsafe political operative in America". He has stepped down, but that nearly certainly means he was allowed to do so rather than be forcibly removed by Rebekah Mercer and the Breitbart family that own and control the site.

"If he was unfit, he probably wouldn't be sitting there and wouldn't have defeated the most qualified group of candidates the Republican Party has ever seen, " she said, calling him "an incredibly strong and good leader". The resignation effectively ends his relationship with the far-right website that he helped become a household name.

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