If you’ve spent all year patiently waiting for Donald Trump’s Russia scandal to come around to his former puppet master Steve Bannon, the wait is finally over. Bannon was placed on the hook this last week by Trump-Russia investigators in Congress, which based on the ongoing pattern, all but confirms that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is already deeply investigating Bannon’s role. Now that Bannon is going down, he very much seems to be trying to take Trump down with him.
The House Intelligence Committee formally asked Steve Bannon this week to testify about the Trump-Russia scandal after the holidays, as reported by Bloomberg. This is the least legitimate of the various committees investigating the scandal, but it’s a start and it’s a sign that the real probe – the one run by Mueller – has probably been targeting Bannon for several months. Bannon is already lashing out, not at the investigators, but at Trump.
Bannon will be investigated for his role in everything from Cambridge Analytica’s involvement with the Russian-controlled cyberterrorist group WikiLeaks, to Michael Flynn’s sketchy involvement with Russia, to the Trump White House attempt to cover up Flynn’s crimes. While we’re just finding out today that Bannon is being brought in for questioning, he was notified of this earlier in the week. That means he knew all about this when he decided to make sure everyone knows that President Donald Trump is an accused child rapist.
That’s right, Steve Bannon contacted Vanity Fair to make sure its anti-Trump audience is aware of the underreported storyline. During the election a woman sued Trump, claiming that he raped her when she was just thirteen years old. The suit was dropped, and there wasn’t any criminal prosecution, so the media largely talked around the story. But now Bannon wants to ensure that Trump’s detractors are well aware of it. Why? It can only be viewed as a warning shot at Trump. Is Bannon trying for a pardon? Who knows. But Bannon is signaling that if he’s going down, he’s going to take Trump down with him, because he knows all of Trump’s secrets.