Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon reportedly called the 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump files paperwork to transfer businesses MORE and a group of Russians “treasonous.”
According to a new book seen by the Guardian, Bannon said the meeting that occurred during the 2016 presidential race was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”
“They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV,” Bannon reportedly told author Michael Wolff, referring to the investigation into the Russian election interference.
After news of the meeting surfaced last year, Bannon reportedly said: “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.”
“Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately,” Bannon said, according to the book.
The quotes where chronicled in the book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” which is scheduled to be released next week.
News surfaced last year of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting that included a Russian attorney, Trump Jr., Jared KushnerPaul ManafortPaul John ManafortJudge warns Manafort not to discuss case with media Manafort involved in drafting op-ed defending his Ukrainian work: court papers Trump went off on Manafort for suggesting he should not appear on Sunday shows: report MORE .Jared Corey KushnerKushner: Trump team working on Mideast peace plan unconventional, but ‘perfectly qualified’ US attorney fired by Trump: Mueller team likely looking at everyone Additional Trump transition official identified who knew about Flynn’s Russia contact: report MORE and former campaign manager
Last month, CNN reported that a British publicist who arranged the June 2016 sent multiple follow-up emails later that summer to President Trump ‘s social media director and a Russian who was at the meeting.
Congressional investigators discovered the emails from publicist Rob Goldstone during a hearing behind closed doors with Donald Trump Jr. None of the emails were sent directly to the president’s eldest son, CNN reported last month.
The emails raised new questions for congressional investigators looking into the details of what was discussed at the Trump Tower meeting.
Goldstone helped set up the meeting between Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer who had promised damaging material on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.