Mueller wants to question Bannon about Flynn, Comey firings: report

Mueller wants to question Bannon about Flynn, Comey firings: report
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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 plans to question former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon about high-profile Trump administration firings, including the ouster of former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyMystery surrounds Justice's pledge on journalist records NYT publisher: DOJ phone records seizure a 'dangerous incursion' on press freedom Trump DOJ seized phone records of New York Times reporters MORE, CNN reported Wednesday.

Mueller wants to talk with Bannon about the firings of Comey, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former acting Attorney General Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesSally Yates: I never thought that I'd be saying, 'Yeah, go Liz Cheney' ABC lands first one-on-one TV interview with Garland since confirmation Appointing a credible, non-partisan Jan. 6 commission should not be difficult MORE, CNN reported.

Mueller is reportedly expected to speak with Bannon, who left his White House role last summer, by the end of the month.


Bannon has called President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE’s decision to fire Comey the biggest mistake in “modern political history,” arguing it led to Mueller appointment to investigate Russian election meddling, including potential ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

He sat down earlier this month with the House Intelligence Committee for its probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. However, he frustrated lawmakers by refusing to answer questions about his time in the Trump administration, citing executive privilege. 

CNN reported Wednesday that Bannon will not be able to use the same tactic with Mueller.

Mueller’s probe has thus far led to two indictments and two guilty pleas.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortLegal intrigue swirls over ex-Trump exec Weisselberg: Five key points There was Trump-Russia collusion — and Trump pardoned the colluder Treasury: Manafort associate passed 'sensitive' campaign data to Russian intelligence MORE and his former business associate, Richard Gates, were charged with money laundering and tax fraud, among other charges mostly related to the pair's work for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine. 

Flynn and former Trump campaign adviser George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosTrump supporters show up to DC for election protest Trump pardons draw criticism for benefiting political allies Klobuchar: Trump 'trying to burn this country down on his way out' MORE pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. 

Mueller subpoenaed Bannon earlier this month as part of his investigation. 

Bannon has fallen out of favor with Trump after he was quoted extensively in Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.” 

In the book, Bannon criticizes Trump and his family, calling Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpDonald Trump Jr. joins Cameo Book claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents Trump Jr. shares edited video showing father knocking Biden down with golf ball MORE’s meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in 2016 “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.” 

Trump issued a blistering rebuke of Bannon in response, saying he “lost his mind” when he left his White House job.