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 (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 PriebusWisconsin GOP quietly prepares Ron Johnson backup plans Ex-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm Democrats claim vindication, GOP cries witch hunt as McGahn finally testifies 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 LewandowskiNew Trump super PAC formed after accusations of misconduct The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats still at odds over Biden agenda Noem severs ties with Lewandowski after harassment allegations surface MORE testify before the panel in January.
Bannon was working as Trump's chief strategist when the president fired FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGiuliani told investigators it was OK to 'throw a fake' during campaign DOJ watchdog unable to determine if FBI fed Giuliani information ahead of 2016 election Biden sister has book deal, set to publish in April 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.Don TrumpHow Trump uses fundraising emails to remain undisputed leader of the GOP Donald Trump Jr. joins Cameo Book claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents 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.