, the Breitbart News executive chair and former White House chief strategist, said there was “zero” chance that was not aware of a controversial 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between one of his sons and a Russian lawyer, according to a new book.
According to MSNBC, which tweeted an excerpt from Michael Wolff’s upcoming book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” Bannon said that it was likely Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump files paperwork to transfer businesses MORE took the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya and others up to then-candidate Trump’s office during the meeting.
“The chance that Don. Jr did not walk these Jumos up to his father’s office on the 26th floor is zero,” the excerpt reads.
BREAKING: In new book Steve Bannon is quoted talking about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting, “The chance that Don. Jr did not walk these Jumos up to his father’s office on the 26th floor is zero.”
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Bannon, who joined Trump’s campaign as chairman a couple months after the June 2016 meeting, left his White House post in August before returning to the helm of Breitbart.
The suggestion that Trump was not aware of the meeting that his son and other campaign officials fielded with Veselnitskaya, who reportedly has ties to the Russian government, contradicts statements from White House officials, who have claimed that the president was not told about the meeting.
Trump Jr. agreed to attend the meeting after an intermediary told him that Veselnitskaya had promised damaging information on then-Democratic presidential candidate . He has said that, instead, the lawyer discussed American adoptions of Russian children.
Former campaign chairman and Trump’s son-in-law also attended the June 2016 meeting.
Possible ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government are the subject of a criminal investigation by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE , who is also looking into wider Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
So far, Manafort and one of his associates, Rick Gates, have been indicted as a result of that investigation. They are facing charges of money laundering and tax evasion, among other allegations.
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn and George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosMueller team questions how much Trump knew on Russia contacts: report Papadopoulos lied to FBI out of loyalty to Trump: report White House was not aware Clovis testified before grand jury: report MORE , a former foreign policy adviser to Trump’s campaign, have also pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about their contacts with Russian representatives.