President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Steve Bannon has been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller.
What does this mean? This means that Steve Bannon will be compelled to testify under oath. Bannon cannot be forced to incriminate himself while under oath, however due to the fifth amendment.
The subpoena could be a negotiating tactic. Mr. Mueller is likely to allow Mr. Bannon to forgo the grand jury appearance if he agrees to instead be questioned by investigators in the less formal setting of the special counsel’s offices in Washington, according to the person, who would not be named discussing the case. But it was not clear why Mr. Mueller treated Mr. Bannon differently than the dozen administration officials who were interviewed in the final months of last year and were never served with a subpoena.
The relationship between Bannon and Trump recently cratered after Bannon called Jared Kushner and Donald Trump, Jr.'s Trump Tower meeting with kremlin-connected attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya 'treasonous' in Michael Wolff's new book, 'Fire and Fury'. Wolff's book gives an insiders' look into the first year of the Trump administration. Trump attacked Bannon following these comments.
Mr. Mueller issued the subpoena after Mr. Bannon was quoted in a new book criticizing Mr. Trump, saying that Donald Trump Jr.’s 2016 meeting with Russians was “treasonous” and predicting that the special counsel investigation would ultimately center on money laundering.