Bannon hires lawyer as he prepares for Russia-related congressional testimony

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Trump then steered the conversation to Bannon, who was recently ousted from Breitbart News amid a public feud with the President.

Bannon has tried to explain away his insults as misunderstandings.

Burck also represents White House Counsel Don McGahn and former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus in connection with the Russian Federation probe. The once-upon-a-time chief strategist for Donald Trump's improbable launch to the presidency has hired a big-league legal eagle to hold his hand as he faces questions from Congress about the Russian Federation probe.

The catalyst for this freaky bombshell is a recently released insider book on Mr. Trump and his administration by free-lance writer Michael Wolff.

"White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also slapped Wolff's book, accusing that it is "filled with false and misleading accounts", noting that Trump felt "furious" and" disgusted" about Bannon's comments in the book.

Besides Bannon, he said those witnesses would include Trump's daughter Ivanka.

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House-which paints the president as disengaged, ill-informed and unstable-has seen Bannon abandoned by financial patrons, condemned by erstwhile allies and ridiculed by Trump himself.

"Steve had nothing to do with my win, or certainly very little", he said.


Former Breitbart spokesman Kurt Bardella does not think Mr Bannon would stay quiet for long.

Beyond revealing the breakup itself, Mr. Wolff's book provides a stinging insight into what some White House insiders thought of the president.

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

Another possible avenue for Mr Bannon already is closed.

Trump responded with a written statement disavowing his onetime White House adviser.

To the editor: The only forces that can control President Donald Trump are the Cabinet and the Republicans in Congress.

Trump said "we'll see what happens" when asked if he'd provide an interview to Mueller's team.

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