Bannon said in a statement released on Sunday that his comments were directed at Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, and not aimed at the president’s son.
Trump, the reports said, ordered White House counsel Donald McGahn to convince Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to recuse himself from the Justice Department’s Russia probe, so Sessions could remain in charge of it.
Some Trump allies have accused the team of Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller of being biased against the Republican president.
Democratic lawmakers in particular cautioned the president of the likelihood of a charge of ‘obstruction of justice’ if he continues to comment on the probe.
The dramatic turn of events also raised new questions about whether Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, had a role in Flynn’s Russia contacts.
“I don’t remember much about that meeting. It was a very unimportant meeting.”
Former Trump associates face charges including conspiracy to launder money, failure to register as a foreign agent and lying to the FBI.
The 12-count indictment against Manafort and Gates included conspiracy against the US and being an unregistered agent of a foreign principal.
Trump tweeted that he did not know if there were recordings of his conversations with Comey, but he did not make or have any such recordings.
Allegations of ties to Russia have cast a shadow over Trump’s first five months in office, distracting from attempts by his fellow Republicans in Congress to overhaul the US healthcare and tax systems.
The Department of Homeland Security believes that although there’s no evidence of vote tampering, there is reason to believe that 21 states’ systems were targeted.
One of Donald Trump’s personal lawyers said that there is no certainty on whether he is under investigation.
“I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
The attorney said the president had tried to cultivate a relationship with him as he did with FBI Director Comey before he was fired
Donald Trumps’ son-in-law is being investigated because of his meetings in December and other possible interactions with the Russian ambassador and a banker from Moscow.
Mueller has been cleared to oversee an investigation into possible collusion between then-candidate Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign and Russia.
Flynn invoked his Fifth Amendment constitutional protection against self-incrimination, according to a letter to the Senate committee from his attorney.
The two intelligence officials refused to comply with Trump’s request to publicly deny any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The embarrassing leaks regarding the Trump-Russia probe were by a senior adviser who was also a “person of interest” in the probe.
James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence under Obama, and Sally Yates, who was deputy attorney general, will testify in the Trump-Russia probe.