Bannon: Trump Jr. meeting with Russians was ‘treasonous’
Former White House strategist Steve Bannon called a meeting between President Trump’s son Donald Jr. and a group of Russians “treasonous” and “unpatriotic,” according to a report Wednesday.
“The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor — with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers,” Bannon told author Michael Wolff during an interview for his book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”
“Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad s–t, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately,” Bannon said, according to the book.
The meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who had ties to the Kremlin, and other Russians was attended by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, then campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Donald Jr.
The president’s son agreed to the meeting after being promised by a British music publicist with ties to a Russian oligarch that they had information that “would incriminate Hillary [Clinton] and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.”
“You never see it, you never know it, because you don’t need to … But that’s the brain trust that they had,” he told Wolff.
He also predicted special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump campaign associates colluded with Russia, would focus on money laundering and follow a trail left by Manafort, Kushner and Trump Jr.
“You realize where this is going,” Bannon is quoted as saying in the book, which is expected to be published next week. “This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose [senior prosecutor Andrew] Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy. Their path to f—–g Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr. and Jared Kushner. … It’s as plain as a hair on your face.”
He also predicted: “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV,” referring to the election probe.