Bannon slams Trump Tower meeting with Russians as ‘treasonous’

Posted By: S Nicholson January 3, 2018

Former Trump administration chief strategist Steve Bannon seems to believe that Donald Trump Jr. committed treason when he and other Trump campaign staffers met with a Russian attorney promising dirt on opponent Hillary Clinton in 2016.

In an upcoming book about the Trump White House by Michael Wolff, Bannon called the Trump Tower meeting between Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and a Kremlin-linked Russian attorney “treasonous” and “unpatriotic,” according to the Guardian.

“The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers,” Bannon told Wolff. “Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”

Ahead of the June 2016 meeting, when an intermediary promised documents to “incriminate” Clinton, Trump Jr. said, “I love it” and hosted the meeting instead of alerting the FBI about possible foreign intervention in an American election.

“They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV,” Bannon told Wolff.

Instead, Bannon proposed the meeting should have happened “in a Holiday Inn in Manchester, New Hampshire, with your lawyers who meet with these people,” and that any information could be handed “down to Breitbart … or some other more legitimate publication.”

Bannon said that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia will focus heavily on money laundering, hence Mueller’s hiring of a money laundering expert, the money laundering indictment against Paul Manafort and the subpoena of Deutsche Bank, which has lent millions of dollars to the Kushners and worked with the Trumps.

“Their path to fucking Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr. and Jared Kushner … It’s as plain as a hair on your face,” Bannon said in the book.

On the Deutsche matter, Bannon said: “The Kushner shit is greasy. They’re going to go right through that. They’re going to roll those two guys up and say play me or trade me.”

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Mike Pence’s Aspen Vacation Cost A Small Business $10,000 In Lost Earnings

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By Ryan Grenoble
DENVER ― Vice President Mike Pence once said the Trump administration is “the best friend that small business in America will ever have.”
Last week, Pence cost one such small business in Aspen upward of $10,000 in lost earnings, after his presence triggered flight restrictions and prevented a hot air balloon company from making any flights while he was in town.
Snowmass-based Above It All Balloon Co. had to cancel all of its planned flights during Pence’s six-day visit, which fell on days that are usually very busy for the company.
“It’s been very disappointing,” co-owner Pam Wood told The Aspen Times. “This is our busiest week of the winter.”
The declaration of “national defense airspace” prevented anyone from flying within 3 miles of the estate where the Pences stayed on the outskirts of town. Those who violate the Federal Aviation Administration order and fly anyway can be hit with civil penalties, criminal charges and ― if they’re deemed to be an imminent security threat to the vice president ― the “use of deadly force.”
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A hot air balloon takes to the air near Aspen, Colorado, during the annual Snowmass Balloon Festival in September.
Wood noted that she respects the need for security, but said she was frustrated by the complete lack of a heads-up. She estimated her loss to be around $10,000 ― potentially as much as $20,000.
“I found out the morning of his arrival,” she told the New York Daily News. “We weren’t given any advance notice. I couldn’t try to plan and change our launch site because we need insurance and approvals and permits and to try to move that on such short notice was impossible.”
In some respects, Pence is just following in his boss’ footsteps. President Donald Trump’s kids took a trip to Aspen last year, a jaunt that cost taxpayers upward of $330,000 in security costs alone, as the roughly 100 Secret Service agents that accompanied them had to rent ski equipment, buy lift tickets and pay for accommodations in the pricey resort town.
The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Millions Willing to Work for Mueller for Free If That Would Speed Things Up


WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Millions of Americans would gladly work for Robert Mueller for free if that would help speed things up, a new poll finds.

According to the survey, a substantial number of Americans would leave their jobs, their homes, and even their families to join the special counsel’s team if doing so would help bring this nightmare to a swifter conclusion.

A spokesperson for the special counsel confirmed that his office has been receiving thousands of résumés a day from Americans begging to do anything to help Mueller “move things along.”

“We saw a big surge in interest after the bust on Paul Manafort’s house,” the spokesperson said. “A lot of folks were devastated that they didn’t get to play a part in that.”

The spokesperson said that, although the special counsel “really appreciates” the public’s interest in helping out, limitations on office space prevent Mueller from accommodating all of those who desperately want to pitch in.

“We hate to disappoint people, but we’re overwhelmed,” the spokesperson said. “Right now, I have about five thousand résumés from people who just want to help investigate Jared.”

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