Bannon hires Washington lawyer ahead of House committee testimony: report
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Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon has hired Washington lawyer Bill Burck to help prepare him to testify before the House Intelligence Committee, according to multiple reports. 

Bannon is reportedly hiring Burck just for the hearing, NBC News reported. His representation is not related to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Burck, a partner at the law firm Quinn Emmanuel, also represented White House counsel Don McGahn and former White House chief of staff Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusExclusive: Bannon says Rosenstein could be fired 'very shortly' Show starring Avenatti, Scaramucci pitched to CNN, MSNBC: report EPA strife spotlights Trump-era infighting MORE, according to Law360.

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The House committee, which is investigating Russian election interference, requested late last month that Bannon and former Trump campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiPuerto Rico violence follows governor turning to the left Judiciary transcripts offer detailed account of Trump Tower meeting The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate MORE testify before the panel in January. 

Bannon was working as Trump's chief strategist when the president fired FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump to appear Thursday morning on 'Fox & Friends' Trump demands 'total transparency' from Rosenstein, FBI on Russia documents 8 signs pointing to a counterintelligence operation deployed against Trump's campaign MORE last year. Comey was spearheading the Justice Department's Russia probe at the time, which has raised questions about the circumstances of his termination.

Bannon left his role as chairman of Breitbart News earlier this week following a dramatic falling out with Trump and the White House.

The departure followed the release of author Michael Wolff's new book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," in which Bannon said Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John Trump'60 Minutes' correspondent: Trump said he attacks the press so no one believes negative coverage The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Washington braces for another tumultuous week Mueller probing Israeli businessman connected to UAE MORE's 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower was "treasonous."

Bannon, in the book, was also quoted saying investigators would crack Trump Jr. like an egg on national television.

Updated 11:57 a.m.