In a breaking story published by The New York Times, former Trump consiglieri Steve Bannon has been issued a subpoena by Robert Mueller to appear before a grand jury investigating the Trump Russia ties. Bannon is also testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, behind closed doors, this morning.
This marks the first time that a member of Trump’s inner circle has been subpoenaed, but at this point, no one is certain if Mueller is using it as a carrot or a stick. The carrot would be to drop the subpoena in exchange for fully complying with Mueller’s investigation. The stick is that Bannon could be forced to testify, under oath, before a grand jury without benefit of counsel.
Either way, this is not good news for Donald Trump or his legal team. After Bannon’s revelations in the recent blockbuster “Fire and Fury” the relationship between Trump and Bannon has dissolved into bitter acrimony. Bannon has lost his position at Breitbart News and cast into the outer circle of hell by many of the Republican faithful.
So what does he have to lose? At this point, it looks like very little.
If Trump had half-way decent advisors, they might have reminded him of the old adage
“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”