It’s been well known for some time now that former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, and Senior Adviser and Trump son-in-law, Jared Kushner were at odds within the West Wing. Bannon’s right-leaning ideologies clashed with Kushner’s more moderate approach to things. With Bannon ousted from the White House last week, it now appears as if he may be trying to even the score with his old foe.
According to reports coming from Business Insider and Vanity Fair, Steve Bannon is pushing former White House Chief of Staff, Reince Pribus to testify to Special Counsel Robert Mueller that Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump were the ones who had actually convinced the President to fire FBI Director James Comey back on May 9.
In early May, President Trump was vacationing at his Bedminster, NJ golf club with three White House staff members; His daughter Ivanka Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner and Adviser Stephen Miller. When the President returned to the White House on May 8th, he suddenly told aides that he was going to do the unthinkable, fire FBI Director James Comey. The very next day Trump did just that.
While such testimony would likely only be one person’s word against the other’s, as it’s highly unlikely that any direct evidence exists showing that Kushner, Ivanka Trump or Miller specifically suggested such a move, Priebus’ story could certainly help Mueller’s obstruction of justice investigation move further along.
Bannon, who has returned to his Executive Chairman position at the news organization, Breitbart, certainly seems to have the power to launch a war against former foes within the West Wing. This pushing of Priebus to testify about Kushner may be just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Bannon’s war with Kushner himself. It will be interesting to watch and see if Kushner fights back in any way, via possible leaks to the press about Bannon.
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