Donald Trump Faces Fire and Fury

Mueller is "likely" to allow Bannon to forgo the grand jury appearance if he agrees, instead, to be questioned by investigators in a less formal setting, according to a person directly familiar with the matter, who told the Times about the subpoena.

The move marked a new tenor to the investigation - the first time a grand jury subpoena was used to compel a top member of the Trump team to testify - even as Mr Trump's lawyers insisted the special counsel's probe was winding down.

"I also think that what he clarified afterwards was he was talking about Paul Manafort, someone who has an extensive amount of business in Russian Federation or overseas and should have known better than taking that meeting", Lewandowski said.

Last week Mr Bannon attempted to backtrack on his comments, saying they were directed at Paul Manafort, who has been indicted on money laundering allegations, which he denies.

"Even if you thought that was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad s**t, and I happen to think it's all of that, you should have called the Federal Bureau of Investigation immediately", Bannon said in the book. He continued to speak with Trump and tried to promote the president's agenda.

He said it is Trump being Trump in every way - uncontrolled, uncaring, looking to please the base without regard for what it does to everyone else.

"I'm not concerned at all because I have nothing to hide", Lewandowski said, according to excerpts of the interview provided by WABC.

The title Fire and Fury refers to what the Trump campaign had planned to release, once they had lost the election to Hilary Clinton.

Bannon is the latest high-profile figure to testify before the House committee as part of its ongoing investigation into allegations that Russian Federation interfered in the US election.

Amid partisan clashes on the panel, the GOP majority is also probing the conduct of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents involved in probes of Hillary Clinton's emails as well as of Donald Trump and his associates during the campaign.

The House Intelligence Committee is speeding toward a conclusion of its interviews in its Russian Federation investigation.

The House committee is also expected to question White House Communications Director Hope Hicks. After all, the quotes from Bannon in Wolff's book were what led to the falling out between he and the Trump family, and contributed heavily to him parting ways with Breitbart, which he had run for years.

Whatever one thinks of Bannon's politics, he is a voracious consumer of information and is very wired into Trump circles.

  • Rogelio Becker