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Reports indicate that last Tuesday, Steve Bannon told the House Intelligence Committee in a private interview that the Russia investigation has been a plot to nullify Trump’s 2016 election.
Duh! You might say.
But when pressed by Trey Gowdy (R-SC) on who in particular Bannon meant, the rogue journalist’s answer shocked both political parties in attendance.
More from Breitbart:
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who was leading the questioning for Republicans on the committee, challenged Bannon, asking whom he meant in particular. Bannon reportedly named House Speaker Paul Ryan (WI) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY).
The report said “Bannon attacked the Republicans running these congressional committees for choosing to investigate the Trump campaign and Russia. He said it was part of an “establishment” plan to try to “nullify” the election result.
“Gowdy challenged him on that, asking Bannon who is this establishment you refer to who is trying to nullify Trump’s victory? Bannon answered: Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell.”
After media allegations of Russian meddling and collusion in the elections and public pressure, three congressional committees launched probes into the matter early last year: the Senate intelligence, Senate Judiciary, and House intelligence committees.
Senate Judiciary and House intelligence committee Chairmen, Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Devin Nunes (R-CA) respectively, have both poked holes in the collusion theory, but Democrats have fought against winding them down.
Bannon also reportedly praised committee members for professionalism and preparedness, but a source familiar with Bannon’s thinking told Axios that the comment was “tongue-in-cheek.”
It’s certainly true that McConnell and Ryan have paid lip-service to the “Russia collusion” narrative, and have tacitly gone-along with many of its effects in Washington.