Steve Bannon Turns to Quinn Emanuel's Burck Amid Russia Probe

The president told The Wall Street Journal in an interview that he felt "betrayed" by Bannon's comments.

In the book, Bannon called the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting that Trump's son Donald Trump Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner and campaign chairman at the time Paul Manafort had with Russian figures "treasonous" and "unpatriotic".

Bannon left the White House in August, and he fell out of favor with Trump and the Republican Party after serving as a major source in the Michael Wolff book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

Bannon could help investigators understand when Trump learned Flynn had lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and what steps he might have taken to cover up the crime to which his close ally later pleaded guilty. The House committee had sent a letter to Bannon in late December requesting the interview, Bloomberg reported at the time. After the win, he accompanied Mr. Trump to the White House and became his chief strategist.

After days of silence amid withering criticism from his former colleagues and his largest benefactor, Bannon tried to make amends. The controversy ensued following the release of a book that featured Bannon criticizing the president and two of his children. Burck has also reportedly represented White House Counsel Don McGahn and former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in response to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into the Russian Federation issue.

Breitbart CEO Larry Solov added: "Steve is a valued part of our legacy, and we will always be grateful for his contributions and what he has helped us to accomplish". Trump said Bannon had "lost his mind" and through Twitter branded him "Sloppy Steve".

The special counsel's team of investigators has expressed interest in speaking with Trump, but no details have been worked out.

The House Intelligence Committee is one of three congressional panels investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and links to the Trump campaign.

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