Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon said there was "zero" chance that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Watergate prosecutor: Trump taking the fifth would be political suicide Comey: I’m ‘embarrassed and ashamed’ by Republican party Comey, Anderson Cooper clash over whether memo release violated FBI rules MORE was not aware of a controversial 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between one of his sons and a Russian lawyer, according to a new book. 

According to MSNBC, which tweeted an excerpt from Michael Wolff's upcoming book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," Bannon said that it was likely Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpChance the Rapper defends Kanye West’s praise of Trump Kim Kardashian West defends Kanye on Trump: 'He's a free thinker, is that not allowed?' Russian lawyer from Trump Tower meeting questions lack of contact from Mueller MORE took lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and others up to his father's office during the meeting.

“The chance that Don. Jr did not walk these Jumos up to his father’s office on the 26th floor is zero," the excerpt reads.

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Bannon, who joined Trump's campaign as chairman a couple months after the June 2016 meeting, was fired from the White House in August 2017. He's since retaken his post at the head of Breitbart News.

The suggestion that Trump was aware of the meeting that his son and other campaign officials fielded with Veselnitskaya, who reportedly has ties to the Russian government, contradicts statements from White House officials, who have claimed that the president was not told about the meeting.

Trump Jr. agreed to attend the meeting after an intermediary told him that Veselnitskaya had promised damaging information on then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonKim Kardashian West defends Kanye on Trump: 'He's a free thinker, is that not allowed?' Trump comments on Fifth Amendment resurface after Cohen filing The 'Handmaid's Tale' liberal feminists created MORE. He has said that, instead, the lawyer discussed American adoptions of Russian children.

Former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortTimes, Post, AP seek sealed Mueller records Manafort interviewed twice by FBI prior to joining Trump campaign Treasury will mull easing sanctions on Russian aluminum producer MORE and Trump's son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerHenry Kissinger, Tim Cook among guests at White House state dinner Overnight Tech: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower meets House Dems | SEC fines Yahoo M over email breach | Senators unveil internet privacy bill Kushner’s father on skyscraper: ‘I pushed Jared to do the deal’ MORE also attended the June 2016 meeting.

Possible ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government are the subject of a criminal investigation by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE, who is also looking into wider Russian meddling in the 2016 election. 

So far, Manafort and one of his associates, Richard Gates, have been indicted as a result of that investigation. They are facing charges of money laundering and tax evasion, among other allegations. 

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn and George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosTimes, Post, AP seek sealed Mueller records FBI a house of lies in Comey era DOJ gives House Intel original document that prompted Russia investigation MORE, a former foreign policy adviser to Trump's campaign, have pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about their contacts with Russian representatives.