Ex-Trump aides expect Bannon to be questioned by Mueller: report

Ex-Trump aides expect Bannon to be questioned by Mueller: report
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Former Trump staffers and sources currently involved in the Russia probe say they expect former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon to be interviewed as part of the investigation, according to a Politico report.

Several people told the news outlet that they would be surprised if Bannon is not called in as a witness.

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDems fear Trump is looking at presidential pardons The Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies first veto after latest clash with Senate GOP The real reason Nancy Pelosi has backed away from impeachment MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation, told Politico that Bannon will likely be called in when “appropriate.”

“I think it’ll be very important, at an appropriate time, to bring him before the committee,” Schiff said. “There are a whole range of issues we need to talk to him about.”

A former Trump staffer told Politico that it would be “malpractice not to interview him.”

Bannon, who left his post in August, was one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoint Chiefs chairman denies report that US is planning to keep 1K troops in Syria Kansas Department of Transportation calls Trump 'delusional communist' on Twitter Trump has privately voiced skepticism about driverless cars: report MORE’s confidantes throughout the campaign and start of his presidency.

A former Justice Department prosecutor told Politico that it is almost a certainty that Bannon will be interviewed, given his close proximity to the president during the campaign.

“Post-election, there’s a story every day about some other bombshell, and Bannon would have had a conversation with Trump about it,” Peter Zeidenberg said. “It doesn’t mean he’s violated any law, but there’s no way this investigation gets done without him being interviewed thoroughly … Zero percent chance.”

Sources told Politico that the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, which Comey reportedly was consulted on and later criticized, would likely come up in any questioning.

“There’s going to be a lot of people to be called in to discuss what happened in the Comey firing,” former Trump legal team spokesman Mark Corallo told Politico. “I would not be shocked if someone like Steve got pulled in. That would be normal.”

Bannon has been publicly quiet on the Russia investigation, but reportedly has been urging Trump in private to stifle funding for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.