Former White House strategist, and the man behind the Make America Great Again platform, Steve Bannon has finally been targeted by the media as a possible “Russian colluder.” Mounting calls are coming in suggesting that it wouldn’t be a complete investigation without having Bannon hauled before a Senate Committee.
Dem Rep. Adam Schiff of the House Intelligence panel into the Russia probe said:
“I think it’ll be very important at an appropriate time to bring him before the committee. There are a whole range of issues we need to talk to him about.”
It was always likely that Steve Bannon would, at some point, be asked to go on record; that they are doing so right now begs the question of why it is being seen as politically expedient at this exact moment? Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been working his way through figures in the Trump Administration with varying degrees of success; it was almost unthinkable that either Steve Bannon or Sebastian Gorka would not be approached. Yet many see it as suspect that two non-politicos have been ignored.
Some suggest that with no prior political involvement, they lack the “skeletons in the closet” that is the hallmark of Mueller’s investigation.
Not only Democrats that are calling for Bannon to be questioned. Former members of President Trump’s team have also suggested to the media that he should be questioned.
Mark Corallo, a former legal spokesman for the campaign team said, “There’s going to be a lot of people to be called in to discuss what happened in the Comey firing. I would not be shocked if someone like Steve got pulled in. That would be normal.”
Corallo has actually summed up the very fact that seems most strange about this. It would be expected as part of a regular investigation that Bannon be questioned and asked to give a sworn statement. That he hasn’t yet can signify one of two things.
Either Mueller’s investigation is being guided by outside forces who have a prepared outcome. One which Bannon’s testimony would not add to or could possibly destroy. Or that the people being investigated are on a list provided to Mueller as acceptable targets. While the Democrats have no love for Steve Bannon, he just happens to have one of the most powerful media machines right behind him: Breitbart.
As the head honcho of the Breitbart news organization, Bannon has a platform that would happily dissect every question and its source. If the investigation does target him personally, this could become a battle of the media in a war that Bannon has shown he is both willing and capable of fighting.
Mark is a political writer and journalist who has worked on campaigns for Brexit.