Huge question marks loom over Steve Bannon.
The former Trump adviser was subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller, which will require him to appear before a grand jury investigating Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election.
Mueller’s team issued the subpoena last week, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. The news came as the former Breitbart chairman testified Tuesday in a closed-door meeting before the House Intelligence Committee in relation to its Russia probe.
Sources told Fox News that the Mueller team subpoenaed Bannon after the FBI was initially unable to get in touch with him, and that he will possibly be interviewed by Mueller’s office rather than appearing in front of a grand jury.
Bannon is the latest Trump associate to be brought in for questioning by the Mueller investigation.
Last October, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates were indicted on 12 counts as part of the probe. Manafort and Gates both pleaded not guilty.
George Papadopoulos, a former member of the Trump campaign’s foreign policy advisory panel, was charged with lying to the FBI about his contacts with Kremlin-connected Russians. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to the Mueller investigation charges.
The Bannon subpoena was made public after the former White House Chief Strategist fell out of favor with President Trump due to comments he allegedly made about the president and his family in the Michael Wolff book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”
Bannon called Donald Trump, Jr.’s 2016 meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya “treasonous,” and said the media would “crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.”
The president blasted Bannon, branding him “Sloppy Steve” and said in a statement that the former ally “lost his mind” when he was fired.
Steve Bannon’s relationship with President Trump is getting murkier with each passing day.