Stephen Bannon, former senior advisor to President Trump, has officially been subpoenaed to speak before Robert Mueller’s never-ending investigation into allegations the Trump campaign “colluded” with Russian officials; making him the latest Trump associate to be dragged before a grand jury.
According to the New York Times, Mueller’s decision to issue the subpoena is the first time the tactic has been used to speak with a member of President Trump’s inner-most team during the 2016 presidential campaign, but can be seen as a “negotiating tactic” to access Bannon in a more relaxed, informal setting at the Special Counsel’s office.
“The move marked the first time Mr. Mueller is known to have used a grand jury subpoena to seek information from a member of Mr. Trump’s inner circle. The special counsel’s office has used subpoenas before to seek information on Mr. Trump’s associates and their possible ties to Russia or other foreign governments,” writes the Times.
This week, Bannon also testified before the House Intelligence Committee; which is conducting its own investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 race for the White House.
Mueller’s subpoena comes just days after a new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” outlined conversations in which Bannon describes the infamous Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer as “unpatriotic.” Bannon has since backtracked from his comments, saying he was only describing former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.