UPDATE — 1/11, 3:08 p.m. EST: CNN is reporting ex-White House adviser and Breitbart editor, Steve Bannon, will privately testify in front of the House Intelligence Committee next week.
Bannon, who has hired a former George W. Bush White House special counselor to advise him prior to the interview, is expected to answer questions related to his tenure as a Trump campaign executive and any knowledge of Russian contacts in 2016.
Following a week of controversy revolving around the publication of Michael Wolff’s tell-all book “Fire and Fury,” former Trump campaign executive and top White House strategist Steve Bannon has resigned his position as executive editor with Breitbart News.
Mr. Bannon has similarly lost his position as host of Breitbart’s radio show on SiriusXM.
In a statement announcing Bannon‘s departure from the news organization, Breitbart CEO Larry Solov said:
“Steve is a valued part of our legacy, and we will always be grateful for his contributions, and what he has helped us to accomplish.”
In a short statement published by Breitbart, Bannon was quoted as saying:
“I’m proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform.”
A founding member of the conservative Breitbart News Network in 2007, Bannon joined the Trump campaign in August 2016 as chief executive and along with Trump aide Kellyanne Conway successfully directed orchestrated Trump’s stunning victory over rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
Named senior counselor and chief strategist after President Trump’s inauguration, Bannon served for eight often turbulent months until August 2017 when he was asked to resign amid a White House re-organization led by White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly.
Returning to Breitbart on the same day he was dislodged from the Trump administration, Bannon resumed his role as executive chairman until the publication of “Fire and Fury”, which describes the inner-workings of the White House as disorganized and rife with internal disputes among staff.
The publication of the book has touched off a war of words between Bannon and the White House and inspired threats of litigation. Bannon is quoted as describing a meeting between Trump’s son, Donald Jr. and a Russian representative held at Trump Tower in 2016 as “treasonous.”
Sources close to Trump have also said the president has turned on Bannon for his out-sized role as leader of the “alt-right” movement and self-congratulations for helping the New York businessman get elected. Bannon, however, still believes his relationship with Trump is salvageable.
His sudden exit from the news platform emblematic of a meteoric collapse, Bannon’s collaboration with Wolff provoked white-hot anger from the Mercer family, a stakeholder in Breitbart. After conversation with Solov and Breitbart board members including Rebekah Mercer, Bannon was let go Tuesday.
Both Bannon and Breitbart announced they aspired for a “smooth and orderly transition.”
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