Former White House chief strategist warned that the special counsel investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia would focus on money laundering, according to a new book to be published next week.
The revelation is included in “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” a new book by Michael Wolff. The Guardian, which has viewed a copy of the book, published several stories on Wednesday about the book, which includes interviews with Bannon and .
Trump’s former campaign chairman was charged in an October indictment brought by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE with money laundering, as was his associate Rick Gates.
In Wolff’s book, Bannon identifies Andrew Weissmann, an attorney on Mueller’s team, as a “money-laundering guy.”
“You realize where this is going,” Bannon said in the book. “This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy. Their path to fucking Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr and … It’s as plain as a hair on your face.”
In “Fire and Fury,” Bannon also mentioned the connections between Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and loans taken out from the German bank Deutsche Bank that have come under scrutiny in relation to the investigation.
In December, federal prosectors subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for records tied to Kushner’s family’s real estate business, Kushner Companies, .
“It goes through Deutsche Bank and all the Kushner shit,” Bannon said of the probe. “The Kushner shit is greasy. They’re going to go right through that. They’re going to roll those two guys up and say play me or trade me.”