Donald Trump is frightened of what Steve Bannon knows.
Because if he weren’t, he wouldn’t be having his attorney send cease and desist letters, which Bannon received on Wednesday.
When excerpts of Michael Wolff’s new book about the Trump administration came out yesterday, it sent shockwaves across the country.
Of particular interest was what Bannon had to say about the infamous meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer in June 2016 for the purpose of seeking information to use against Hillary Clinton from the Russian government.
“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,” Bannon said, blowing apart Trump’s claim that what was discussed at the meeting is covered under attorney-client privilege.
“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,” he continued, going on to note that Trump himself later met with the participants of the meeting, which makes our so-called “president” a liar when he claimed that he knew nothing about it.
Of course, Trump freaked out and immediately sent out a statement designed to discredit Bannon.
“Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look,” Trump said. “Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country.”
“Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books.”
And then came the letter from Trump lawyer Charles Harder, who ordered Bannon to stop making “defamatory” statements” about Trump and his family.
“You have breached the Agreement by, among other things, communicating with author Michael Wolff about Mr. Trump, his family members, and the Company [the Trump campaign], disclosing Confidential Information to Mr. Wolff, and making disparaging statements and in some cases outright defamatory statements to Mr. Wolff about Mr. Trump, his family members,” Harder wrote.
Harder would later make a statement to ABC confirming the letter.
“On behalf of our clients, legal notice was issued today to Stephen K. Bannon, that his actions of communicating with author Michael Wolff regarding an upcoming book give rise to numerous legal claims including defamation by libel and slander, and breach of his written confidentiality and non-disparagement agreement with our clients,” Harder said. “Legal action is imminent.”
So, Trump is threatening to sue his campaign mastermind and leader of a large portion of his voter base, which, frankly, gives Bannon a good reason to approach Special Counsel Robert Mueller with an offer to cooperate with the Russia investigation.
After all, if he thinks he can intimidate Bannon into staying quiet, he should think again. Cease and desist letters won’t prevent Bannon from talking to federal investigators. And now he has every incentive to talk now that Trump has declared war on him.
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