This has been a busy week for former White House chief strategist Steven Bannon. Dumped from the alt-right mouthpiece Breitbart News following the release of the book Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff, Wolff quoted Bannon saying some pretty unflattering things about President Donald Trump and his children.
“The two men had a public falling out this month after Bannon was quoted in author Michael Wolff’s controversial book on the Trump White House, ‘Fire and Fury,’ as calling a meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign by the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., ‘treasonous’ and ‘unpatriotic.'”
He is now on Trump’s naughty list and is suffering the wrath of periodic Twitter outbursts and insults from the toddler in chief.
Why Hire A Lawyer?
Thursday on his to-do list was to hire an attorney to assist him while he prepares for his upcoming testimony before Congress. His selection is Washington lawyer Bill Burck. Burck is a partner at the Quinn Emmanuel law firm. He has also represented former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and current White House counsel Don McGahn.
JUST IN: Steve Bannon has hired Washington lawyer Bill Burck, from the firm Quinn Emanuel, to represent him before the House Intelligence Committee, @NBCNews has learned from a source close to Bannon (1/3)
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) January 11, 2018
According to reports, Bannon’s testimony will only cover the “investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.” NBC News specified that Burck’s representation of Bannon was advisory only, to prepare him for his testimony. At this time, Burck is not representing Bannon in a legal defense capacity.
The House Intelligence Committee has requested testimony from former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Bannon’s testimony might include questions regarding the firing of former FBI director James Comey.
BREAKING: Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon due to appear Tuesday before House committee for Russia probe pic.twitter.com/YKUier9nJF
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) January 11, 2018
They’re Afraid of Something
According to Reuters, the source said:
“The interview behind closed doors on Tuesday with the House Intelligence Committee will focus on Bannon’s time on the campaign, not the transition or his time in the White House.”
Closed hearings? Are they afraid of what might be in those transcripts when all is said and done?
Is it Tuesday yet?