Steve Bannon steps down from Breitbart after break with Trump

Republican strategist Cheri Jacobus speculated on Thursday that Bannon was planning to crush Trump in the Russian Federation probe after the president was instrumental in getting Bannon fired from Breitbart and his Sirius XM radio program, as well as convincing the wealthy Mercer family to stop funding Bannon's campaigns.

The move comes as he continues to suffer the fallout from Michael Wolff's explosive book, Fire and Fury, in which Bannon harshly disparaged several members of the president's inner circle, including Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner.

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 survey was conducted last Thursday and Friday, just after Bannon's public falling out with the White House on Wednesday.

The chief strategist had lost many allies in the West Wing after chief of staff John Kelly's staff shakeup and was blamed for some of the infighting that had paralyzed the White House.

Steve Bannon will reportedly cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation. The House committee had sent a letter to Bannon in late December requesting the interview, Bloomberg reported at the time. We'll see what happens, but Steve had nothing to do with my win.

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

A day earlier, Feinstein, who faces a primary challenge in her re-election this year, released the transcript of the Senate Judiciary Committee's closed-door August interview with an official from the political opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which commissioned the dossier.

Some of Trump's fellow Republicans in Congress have been saying they expect the House Intelligence probe and other congressional investigations to wrap up quickly.

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