Do you believe Michael Wolff
Trump supporters actually think the Russia investigation is a joke: inflated by the Democrats, carried out by the biased special investigator Bob Mueller.
Now the former Trump chief adviser Steve Bannon, once an influential representative of Trumpism, contradicts them indirectly. At least that is how his statements to the journalist Michael Wolff can be interpreted. His book "Fire and Jury: Inside the Trump White House" is out next week, The Guardian already quoted from it.
Specifically, Bannon comments on the meeting of a group around Trump's son Donald Jr. with the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016 - in the middle of the election campaign. Bannon describes the gathering as "treasonous", that is, as "treasonous", and as "unpatriotic". Bannon: "Even if you think it wasn't treasonous or unpatriotic or some stupid shit - and I think it was all of that - the FBI should have been called right away." Bannon was not part of the campaign team at the time of the meeting.
Trump Jr. is said to have been informed prior to the meeting that he would receive dirty details about Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate. Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and now a White House advisor, and campaign manager Paul Manafort also attended the gathering.
In a statement on Bannon's remarks, Trump fired back: "Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, but also his mind."
Trump: "a lying book"
Bannon does not represent his base, Trump continues. His ex-adviser spent time in the White House leaking false information to the media in order to make himself more important than he was. "Steve was seldom in one-to-one conversation with me and only pretended to be an influence to fool a few people who have no access and clue and whom he helped write a book that was lying "says Trump's statement.
Sarah Sanders, the White House spokeswoman, said of Wolff's book that it was "trashy tabloid fiction" and of no relevance. As the Washington Post reported, Trump's lawyers also believe that Bannon violated his confidentiality obligations with the book. They demanded an omission and announced legal action.
According to the publisher, Michael Wolff conducted more than 200 interviews with Trump, members of his closest circle and Washington power men for "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House".
Bannon told him he had warned of a collusion investigation and that the investigation would focus on money laundering. Literally, Bannon said, "Your path to getting Trump is right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr. and Jared Kushner." And further: "You will break Don Junior like an egg on national television."
Paul Manafort is now taking legal action against the money laundering allegations. The former US presidential campaign manager filed a lawsuit against FBI special investigator Robert Mueller, then Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the Justice Department on Wednesday. Investigators reportedly exceeded their competencies when investigating his financial operations. These have nothing to do with any influence on the election campaign by Russia.
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