Former White House adviser Steve Bannon admitted to congressional investigators that he did believe the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting was “unpatriotic.”
As ABC News reported, sources close to Bannon’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee said his comments appear to corroborate a claim made in Michael Wolff’s bombastic tell-all White House book, in which the ex-Breitbart executive called the meeting both “unpatriotic” and “treasonous.”
“Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad sh–, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately,” Wolff quoted Bannon as saying in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
Though Bannon did admit that he thought it wasn’t patriotic, he reportedly claimed the “treasonous” characterization was exaggerated.
Another ABC source said Trump’s former aide only considered fellow campaign alumnus Paul Manafort to be “unpatriotic,” and that the president’s son Donald Trump, Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner merely “displayed poor judgment,” which was “excusable because they were newcomers to political campaigns.”