White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday pushed back against passages from Michael Wolff’s upcoming book, which alleges, among other things, that former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon virtually accused Donald Trump Jr. of treason after he met with Russians during the 2016 campaign.
In excerpts of the book that were revealed by several outlets on Wednesday, Bannon describes a Trump Tower meeting with Russians as “treasonous” and predicts that Congressional committees would “crack” Donald Trump Jr. “like an egg.”
Trump eventually fired back at Bannon, asserting that the former White House staffer “lost his mind” after he was fired and returned to his previous job as head of Breitbart.
At Wednesday’s press briefing, Sanders insisted that the president’s remarks were “clear” and that his son was not a traitor to the U.S.
“The president is exactly who he was yesterday…. The president’s base is very solid,” Sanders said. “It hasn’t changed because the president hasn’t changed and his agenda hasn’t changed. And we’re continuing to accomplish what’s on the president’s agenda.”
When asked whether Donald Trump Jr. is a traitor as Bannon suggested, Sanders shot back that the idea was a “ridiculous accusation.”
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GUILTY: Jury rules Michael Flynn’s former business partner is guilty of lobbying for Turkey
Michael Flynn's former business partner Bijan Kian was found guilty by a jury for illegally lobbying for a foreign country.
The information was uncovered as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and as the Justice Department's crackdown on illegal foreign lobbying, CNN explained.
Flynn has had a difficult go in his court case, but information Flynn gave was helpful, according to the DOJ.
Kian is an Iranian-American businessman who was charged with conspiring to hide his lobbying work for Turkey without registering as a foreign agent for the Turkish government.
FLASHBACK: Mueller makes GOP lawmaker look like an absolute fool during 2013 hearing
While previewing former special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming testimony before the House of Representatives, CNN on Tuesday played a clip from six years ago showing Mueller schooling Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who tried to corner the then-FBI director about his agency's work on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
During the hearing, Gohmert tried to get Mueller to explain why the FBI supposedly hadn't visited the mosque that was frequented by the Tsarnaev brothers, the two American citizens of Chechen descent who carried out the attack.
"Why did no one go to the mosque and say, who are these guys?" Gohmert asked. "Why was that not done?"
Trump sues to block New York from releasing his tax returns
President Donald Trump on Tuesday filed s lawsuit to block the State of New York from releasing his state tax returns. Empire State lawmakers recently passed legislation, signed by the governor, allowing the New York Department of Taxation and Finance to release any individual's tax returns to Congress.
The president's lawsuit names the House Ways and Means Committee, the New York State Attorney General, and a New York State tax official, according to The Hill.