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Thread: NYT: Mueller Subpoenas Steve Bannon In Russia Probe

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    The Axios morning newsletter speculated that Mueller might be using this as a negotiation ploy and can offer to let Bannon cooperate with his task force and avoid a grand jury inquisition.

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    1/ As @nytimes reported above, Mueller subpoenaed Steve Bannon to testify before the grand jury. He's the first person in Trump's person in Trump's inner circle to be subpoenaed. Other White House staff agreed to be informally interviewed

    2/ Typically witnesses in an investigation like this one are interviewed informally, especially if they have their own attorney, as Bannon does. So this is a very unusual move. It could mean a couple of things.

    3/ First, federal prosecutors often will send over a grand jury subpoena as a first step to then negotiate the informal interview. Ultimately the subpoena is the leverage they have to get a subject to comply with an interview.

    4/ I doubt that's what happened here because Bannon is represented by a skilled attorney who also represents Priebus and McGahn, who were already interviewed by Mueller. That means Mueller's team is already in touch with his attorney and has a relationship with him.

    6/ No one is allowed in the grand jury room other than the witness, the prosecutors, the grand jurors, and the court reporter. Also, the fact that there is a court reporter makes it easier for the prosecutor to charge the witness with making a false statement.

    9/ The most likely reason that Mueller prefers to have Bannon testify before the grand jury is because his attorney won't be present and it will be easier to catch Bannon off-guard and receive truthful answers. Testifying before a grand jury is intimidating

    11/ Mueller may be concerned that Bannon won't be as candid with his attorney present as he would be with no attorney in front of the grand jury. Grand jury questioning, with a court reporter, also lends itself to a harsher questioning style akin to cross-examination. /end

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    Bannon is testifying to the House right now.

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    It's funny how many who thought Steve Bannon was a racist and a liar now suddenly value his statements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    It's funny how many who thought Steve Bannon was a racist and a liar now suddenly value his statements.
    Oh he’s definitely still a racist.

    But lying before a grand jury is a crime. And I doubt Bannon will want to go down lying for a man who called him sloppy Steve on Twitter and had his whole staff shit talk him for a week on national TV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    It's funny how many who thought Steve Bannon was a racist and a liar now suddenly value his statements.
    Oh, he's still a piece of shit. Sometimes it takes one piece of shit to get to another bigger piece of shit. Don't you know that Trump will be shitting in his diaper when he realizes what this means!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly5 View Post
    Oh, he's still a piece of shit. Sometimes it takes one piece of shit to get to another bigger piece of shit. Don't you know that Trump will be shitting in his diaper when he realizes what this means!
    Hold on, so now you believe Steve Bannon? You actually think what he says has merit? Or is that only if he says something that seems to go against the President?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    Hold on, so now you believe Steve Bannon? You actually think what he says has merit? Or is that only if he says something that seems to go against the President?
    ROFLMAO! Not gonna work SD. ROFLMAO!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    Hold on, so now you believe Steve Bannon? You actually think what he says has merit? Or is that only if he says something that seems to go against the President?
    ROFLMAO! Not gonna work SD. ROFLMAO!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    Hold on, so now you believe Steve Bannon? You actually think what he says has merit? Or is that only if he says something that seems to go against the President?
    Do I believe what he says on A day to day basis? Not really. They guy is full of shit and himself.

    But when testifying before a grand jury under penalty of perjury? I don’t think the guy has a reason to lie in that circumstance. He is not really involved in the whole Russia thing. That mostly happened before he came around. He has no reason to go down with the ship.
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