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 PriebusTrump chief of staff clashes with first lady, may be on way out: NBC Scaramucci uses dance moves to interpret time working at White House Republican Party chief to serve second term at Trump’s request MORE, according to Law360.


The House committee, which is investigating Russian election interference, requested late last month that Bannon and former Trump campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiEx-Breitbart reporter: White House accusations against Acosta are 'projection' Lewandowski says it's 'natural' for officials to leave White House after midterms Corey Lewandowski says GOP will have 'much better' night than expected MORE testify before the panel in January. 

Bannon was working as Trump's chief strategist when the president fired FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyMueller could turn easy Trump answers into difficult situation Comey invites House Republicans to hold public hearing after news of possible subpoena GOP chairman plans to subpoena Comey, Lynch to testify before next Congress 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 TrumpTrump Jr.'s India trip cost taxpayers nearly 0K: report Social media explodes over Avenatti arrest Mueller targets Stone in final push 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.