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Wolff's book confirms early criticism of Trump, Bannon

Donald Trump Wolff's book confirms early criticism of Trump, Bannon
Melinda Barton | 13 January, 2018, 05:15

After being fired by Mr. Trump, Mr. Bannon returned to his old job running the alt-right Breitbart News website, which formerly was a conspicuous cheerleader for the president.

The person familiar with the arrangement said Burck's representation is limited to congressional testimony and does not include preparing Bannon to speak to special counsel Robert Mueller.

Bannon emerged from relative obscurity when Trump picked him as campaign chief in August 2016, just three months out from the presidential election that he was then widely expected to loose against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Mr Trump, although he had eventually supported Mr Moore's candidacy, later blamed Mr Bannon for the embarrassment.

He quickly presided over the brand of economic populism promoted by Trump and was hired as chief strategist for the White House.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump said "I feel betrayed" by former advisor and campaign chief Steve Bannon for his derogatory comments about Trump and his family, as well as his suggestion that a now-infamous Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russians was "treasonous".

After the book's publication, Bannon expressed regret about his statements, saying said his criticism was aimed at Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman who also attended the meeting.

"Steve had nothing to do with my win, or certainly very little", he said. Mr Bannon, a former investment banker turned Hollywood producer turned conservative activist, was at that time connected to Breitbart News, which he helped co-found.

Beyond revealing the breakup itself, Mr. Wolff's book provides a stinging insight into what some White House insiders thought of the president. Burck now represents White House Counsel Don McGahn and former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus for the Russian Federation investigation.

Bannon doesn't quit, though, and he'll be back.

US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One before leaving the White House on January 5, 2018.

Trump responded with a written statement disavowing his onetime White House adviser. As if we didn't already know that greed trumped security.