Steve Bannon told House investigators that he spoke with a handful of White House staff members about Donald Trump Jr.'s June 2016 meeting with alleged Russian operatives at Trump Tower, multiple sources told Axios.
Bannon, former Trump campaign CEO and top White House strategist, said he spoke with former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, former press secretary Sean Spicer and legal spokesman Mark Corallo about the infamous meeting. The exchange came during a marathon interview Tuesday with the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating possible Russian interference during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Bannon was not part of the Trump campaign when the meeting occurred. Rather, the previous chief of the campaign, its chairman, Paul Manafort, was present, as was Donald Trump Jr. and Trump's son-in-lawJared Kushner.
Corallo, meanwhile, left his White House job in summer 2017 because he believed that a statement Trump reportedly drafted to explain his son's actions may have obstructed justice, according to Michael Wolff's book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House." The New York Times first reported the 2016 Trump Tower meeting during the summer.