In a new book which is sure to be the #1 best seller the day is launches, former Trump advisor and Breitbart News chief, Steve Bannon, issued remarks that are setting the internet on fire, and forced President Trump to issue a lengthy statement Wednesday in which he says ‘Bannon has lost his mind‘.

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, reportedly based on more than 200 interviews with the president, his inner circle and players in and around the administration, is one of the most eagerly awaited political books of the year. In it, writer Michael Wolff interviews Steve Bannon.

The book, which was leaked to The Guardian, lists some of the comments allegedly made by Bannon to Wolff.  Here are some of them:

Bannon says the investigation into collusion with the Kremlin will focus on money laundering and predicted: “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.”

Bannon on the meeting between Don Jr. and the Russians at Trump Tower:  “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.” Bannon continued to say if a meeting like that was going to happen, it should have been set up “in a Holiday Inn in Manchester, New Hampshire, with your lawyers who meet with these people”. Any information, he said, could then be “dump[ed] … down to Breitbart or something like that, or maybe some other more legitimate publication”. Bannon added: “You never see it, you never know it, because you don’t need to … But that’s the brain trust that they had.”

Bannon also speculated that Trump Jr had involved his father in the meeting. “The chance that Don Jr did not walk these jumos up to his father’s office on the twenty-sixth floor is zero.”

Bannon also says that the White House hoping that the Mueller investigation will over quickly is wishful thinking.  “You realize where this is going… This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose [senior prosecutor Andrew] Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy. 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.”

Fire and Fury will be published next week.

Reacting to the story, Don Jr tweeted:

 

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