The Latest: Bannon to speak to Mueller team next week


WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on President Donald Trump and investigations into contacts between his campaign and Russia (all times local):

10:25 a.m.

Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist to President Donald Trump, is scheduled to speak with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators next week as they probe possible obstruction of justice by the president.

That’s according to two people familiar with Bannon’s interview. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record about details of the interview.

One of the people says Bannon plans to tell Mueller “everything” he knows.

Bannon is expected to face questions about key events during his time in the White House including Trump’s firings of former National Security adviser Michael Flynn and former FBI Director James Comey.

The confirmation of Bannon’s meeting with Mueller comes as Bannon’s closed-door interview set for Tuesday with the House intelligence committee was postponed.

-By Chad Day


7:37 a.m.

The White House says it has a classified memo prepared by Democrats on the House intelligence committee in the panel’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The committee voted unanimously Monday to release the memo. The memo pushes back against a GOP document the committee cleared for release last week that criticizes the methods the FBI used to obtain a surveillance warrant on a one-time Trump campaign associate.

The Democratic document attempts to counter arguments and evidence presented by committee Republicans.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the Democratic memo will go through the same legal and national security review as the GOP memo, which was released last week.

President Donald Trump now has five days to decide whether to allow the Democratic memo to be released.


12:30 a.m.

The House intelligence committee has voted to release a second classified memo about whether the FBI and Justice Department conspired against President Donald Trump.

Democrats on the panel wrote the memo in an effort to counter some of the arguments and evidence put forward by Republicans in a document of their own, declassified by Trump last week. The GOP memo criticizes the methods the FBI used to obtain a surveillance warrant on a onetime Trump campaign associate.

Trump has five days to decide whether to allow the Democratic memo’s publication.

The battle of classified memos has further deepened the partisan divide on the House committee investigating Russian election meddling and possible connections between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign.


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