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Excerpt: "Until recently, Bannon had largely avoided becoming publicly ensnared in the Russia investigation. But behind the scenes, Bannon sought to play a role in Team Trump's handling of the issue."

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon. (photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)
Former White House strategist Steve Bannon. (photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)


Steve Bannon Lawyers Up... as Russia Investigators Get Ready to Pounce

By Betsy Woodruff, Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng, The Daily Beast

11 January 18


Trump’s former chief strategist has largely avoided the spotlight of the Russia probe—until now.

teve Bannon is lawyering up as he gets ready to face investigators looking into the Trump-Russia nexus.

The Daily Beast has learned that the former top White House strategist has retained Bill Burck, of the firm Quinn Emanuel. Two sources tell us Burck is helping Bannon prepare for an interview with the House intelligence committee, which is currently scheduled for next week. Sources also said Bannon plans to “fully cooperate” with investigators.

Burck also represents White House Counsel Don McGahn and former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus for the purposes of the Russia probe, as Law360 reported last September.

It is not unheard of for one attorney to represent more than one client on the same matter. But the fact that several key players with Trump administration ties have the same lawyer could irk investigators.

“In general, prosecutors don’t like it when the same attorney represents multiple people who are subjects—or more—because it looks like they’re controlling the story,” said Ken White, a former federal prosecutor who specializes in First Amendment issues, speaking of investigators’ targets.

Until recently, Bannon had largely avoided becoming publicly ensnared in the Russia investigation. But behind the scenes, Bannon sought to play a role in Team Trump’s handling of the issue. He privately advised the president in October to get more aggressive in fighting back against Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, and urged Trump to hire new lawyers.

That fall-out was due in part to the Russia probe; it came after Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury quoted Bannon as saying that the infamous Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner with Kremlin-linked Russian operatives was “treasonous.” (Bannon later claimed that the criticism was meant only for Manafort, a seasoned campaign operative who should have known better.)


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-15 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-01-11 15:54
"the fact that several key players with Trump administration ties have the same lawyer could irk investigators."


Who would give a fuck if the investigators are irked. I'm sure all of their victims are plenty irked to have their lives turned upside down for a Russian meddling story that simply did not happen.

I think it is an advantage to have one lawyer represent many people. All the lawyers going up against Mueller and the congressional committees should share notes and information. It helps to know that the Gestapo is thinking and doing.

There is nothing wrong getting more aggressive in dealing with a prosecutor. They only mean you harm. They are not helping. They want to put you in jail.
 
 
+2 # MikeAF48 2018-01-11 21:14
Start packen Trump doomsday is near. Time to man up.
 

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