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Steve Bannon said in an interview that when he was at the White House in 2017, he was involved in an effort to remove an intelligence officer suspected of being the Trump whistleblower from the National Security Council due to concerns about leaks.
“When I was in the White House there was a number of people in the National Security Council — the named individual eventually got let go, I believe because people were suspicious, not me, but other people around him were suspicious about his leaking, and that’s why he was let go,” Bannon, who served as White House strategist through August 2017, said in an interview with VICE published Friday.
The article goes on to state the following:
The whistleblower, who is reported to be a CIA analyst, filed a complaint on Aug. 12 accusing President Donald Trump of abusing his office in his dealings with Ukraine.
The report states that Bannon confirmed an earlier report about his call for the person now alleged to be the whistleblower to be removed from the NSC. He said, “I don’t think the individual naming of the whistleblower is important, although there was a story in The Washington Times … that tied me to the efforts to get, at least, the gentleman who was named out of the National Security Council.”
WATCH his full remarks in the video below:
Steve Bannon told VICE he pushed for the alleged whistleblower to be removed from National Security Council in 2017 over suspicions about leaks. https://t.co/rgzscG9bXS
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) November 17, 2019
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