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 PriebusDems make history in Tuesday's primaries National Archives warns it can't fulfill Kavanaugh documents request until October Trump asks chief of staff Kelly to stay through 2020 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. LewandowskiThe Hill's 12:30 Report The Hill's Morning Report — Dems split on key issues but united against Trump Lewandowski says Bloomberg would be 'very competitive' against Trump in 2020 MORE testify before the panel in January. 

Bannon was working as Trump's chief strategist when the president fired FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyWhite House counsel called Trump 'King Kong' behind his back: report Trump claims he instructed White House counsel to cooperate with Mueller Watergate's John Dean: White House counsel is 'doing right' by cooperating with Mueller 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 TrumpBannon: If Trump knew about Trump Tower meeting ‘you have to question it’ Trump Jr.'s business trip to India cost taxpayers more than ,000: report San Francisco ethics official sues Secret Service over Trump Jr. trip to India 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.