Trump's former chief strategist Bannon turns to Quinn Emanuel amid Russian Federation probe

Pauline Gross
January 13, 2018

It also covers only Bannon's role on Trump's campaign, as opposed to events that occurred during the presidential transition or while Bannon served as a top aide to Trump in the White House.

Mr Bannon has tried to make amends.

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. The interview could present danger to the Trump administration, as Bannon - lately spurned by longtime friends and allies - could be unpredictable in the aftermath of his break with the president.

His departure came as he was the center of controversy over derogatory comments he was quoted as having made about the president and his family in Michael Wolff's book "Fire and Fury: Inside Donald Trump's White House".

In the book, Bannon is quoted as saying a pre-election meeting involving Trump's eldest son Donald Jr. and a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer was "treasonous". Under Mr. Bannon, Breitbart had become a vehicle for his own political ambitions, including clashes with the Republican Party establishment and national committee, which he appeared to be targeting for a takeover.

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"I think that if there's credible information that Ivanka Trump had with any of the participants in that meeting at the time of that meeting, she should be brought in", he said. He also reportedly represents White House Counsel Donald McGahn and former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus in relation to the Russian Federation investigation.

Mr Trump and Mr Bannon have had a long and turbulent history.

"For Walsh", Mr. Wolff writes, "it was a daily process of managing an impossible task: nearly as soon as she received direction from one of the three men, she would be countermanded by one of another of them".

Trump had stayed in touch with the Breitbart head after he left the White House in August, including consulting him on last month's Alabama Senate race. Mr Bannon said then that his leaving was pre-planned, and that he could better support President Donald Trump at the helm of Breitbart. As if we didn't already know that greed trumped security.

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