Steve Bannon 'summoned' in Russian Federation probe

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Special counsel Robert Mueller subpoenaed former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon last week, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Bannon, who has been mostly quiet since the release of an incendiary book about President Donald Trump in which he figured prominently as a source, was seen arriving in Congress for the hearing early Tuesday.

News of the subpoena leaked to the Times as Bannon spoke behind closed doors before the House Intelligence Committee for its Russian Federation probe.

Sources told Fox News the subpoena was issued after the Federal Bureau of Investigation was initially unable to contact Bannon.

Bannon isn't the only Trump associate expected before the committee this week: Corey Lewandowski, Trump's first presidential campaign manager, is expected before the panel later this week.

According to author Michael Wolff's book, "Fire & Fury: Inside the Trump White House", Bannon called the meeting "treasonous" and "unpatriotic".

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Mueller's been investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election for months.

Mueller issued the subpoena after Bannon was quoted in a new book criticizing Trump, saying that Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 meeting with Russians was "treasonous" and predicting that the special counsel investigation would ultimately center on money laundering.

Underscoring the break, Trump said Bannon had "lost his mind" and branded him "Sloppy Steve" via Twitter. Instead, he's merely shifted the blame away from Trump Jr. and onto Manafort. Six days later, Bannon stepped down from his post as executive chairman at Breitbart News.

Mr Bannon was present for several controversial moments in the Trump administration, including the firing of former national security adviser Michael Flynn after he misled the Vice President about his dealings with Russian Federation. With scandal, Bannon apologized.

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