Bannon called before grand jury in Russian Federation investigation

Bannon called before grand jury in Russian Federation investigation

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents showed up at Steve Bannon's Washington home last week intent on serving him with a subpoena to appear before a grand jury investigating possible ties between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation, according to a source familiar with the proceedings.

The grand jury subpoena of Steve Bannon was issued last week, The New York Times reported, citing a person with direct knowledge of the probe.

The paper says it's unclear why Bannon was subpoenaed and other members of Trump's team interviewed a year ago were not.

Meuller's office has not responded to a request for comment from ABC News.

It also comes on the heels of a public rift between Mr Bannon and the President, after the former strategist criticised the Trump administration to the author of a tell-all book on the White House.

But Mr Bannon played a critical role in the campaign, the presidential transition and the White House - all during times now under scrutiny from congressional investigators looking for possible evidence of a connection between Mr Trump's operations and Russian Federation.

That letter came shortly after a grand jury indicted former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, another former Trump campaign and White House adviser.

Mueller is also investigating whether Trump obstructed justice when he fired former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, who was heading the agency's Russian Federation probe before Mueller was appointed, over Trump's objections, to take over the investigation.

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Bannon's statement did little to soothe tensions with the White House and the former aide was let go from his position as executive chair of the far-right site Breitbart News on January 9.

Trump's mental health and acuity have been a subject of fierce discussion since the publication of Michael Wolff's book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

Trump disavowed Bannon, saying his former top aide had "lost his mind", and later nicknamed him "Sloppy Steve".

Lawmakers had been questioning Bannon for roughly 90 minutes when questions began on the transition, several sources said.

President Donald Trump's overall health "is excellent" and he did "exceedingly well" on cognitive screening, his White House doctor declared.

Bannon was forced out as chief strategist in August, and he was forced out of Breitbart News last week in the aftermath of the release of Wolff's book.

Jackson, after spending four hours with Trump on Friday and evaluating his test scores, said of Trump: "absolutely he is fit for duty". "We've been cooperating fully with these ongoing investigations and encourage the committees to work with us to find an appropriate accommodation in order to ensure Congress obtains information necessary to its legitimate interests".

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