Bannon hires lawyer as he prepares for Russia-related congressional testimony

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Bannon has since said in a statement that he continues to support the president.

In the end, it was Bannon's need to appear powerful that led to his ouster from Breitbart, according to investigative reporter Dave Lindorff.

Burck, a former federal prosecutor, told Big Law Business Jan. 11 that he is only representing Bannon in connection with his role in the 2016 campaign, and not his work in the presidential transition or in the administration. Trump's improbable appointment of Bannon as chief executive officer of his campaign a year ago transformed the obscure pundit overnight into one of the most powerful figures in American politics. In response to Bannon's having called a June 2016 meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russians "treasonous" and "unpatriotic", Trump said in a statement that his former colleague had "lost his mind". One said Bannon was telling people as recently as Monday that he expected to stay on.

Bannon stepped down as chairman of the Breitbart News Network Wednesday after a public break with President Donald Trump. He will also no longer host its satellite-radio program. For months, Trump allowed Bannon to conduct open war from inside the White House against established party leaders, incumbent lawmakers and other heavyweights Bannon believed were undermining Trump's populist revolution.

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Bannon had previously insisted that he did not need a lawyer because he had not been drawn into the multiple investigations into whether Trump's team coordinated with Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign.

Bannon could be an incredibly valuable witness for the special counsel, especially if his testimony matches up with McGahn and Priebus - who took the highly unusual step of keeping contemporaneous notes throughout his six months as chief of staff.

But Trump left the door open when asked if the relationship was over permanently.

On Monday, deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said Bannon's apology did not alter his standing with the president.

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