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Bannon says Donald Trump Jr. will ‘crack like an egg;’ President Trump’s response: He has ‘lost his mind’

By Denis Slattery, New York Daily News (TNS)
Published: January 3, 2018 Updated: January 3, 2018 at 01:42 PM
Steve Bannon, former strategist for President Donald Trump, speaks at a campaign rally on Oct. 17, 2017, for Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward in Scottsdale, Ariz. [Ross D. Franklin | Associated Press]

Former White House strategist Stephen Bannon believes President Donald Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. will "crack like an egg" under the pressure of the ongoing investigation into Russian election meddling.

The ultra-conservative nationalist, speaking to author Michael Wolff, also described a now-infamous Trump Tower meeting between the president’s oldest son and a group of Russians during his father’s campaign as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic."

Wolff’s upcoming Washington tell-all, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," details the inner workings of the Trump White House, according to explosive excerpts published Wednesday by the Guardian.

Bannon helmed Trump’s campaign for the final three months before the 2016 election and was named as White House chief strategist after Trump took over the Oval Office.

His proximity to Trump’s inner circle lends credence to his predictions about the outcome of the Russia investigation.

"They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV," the Breitbart News chief said.

President Trump released a statement shortly after Bannon’s comments became public:

"Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party.

"Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country. Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans. Steve doesn’t represent my base—he’s only in it for himself.

"Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books.

"We have many great Republican members of Congress and candidates who are very supportive of the Make America Great Again agenda. Like me, they love the United States of America and are helping to finally take our country back and build it up, rather than simply seeking to burn it all down."

Bannon, one of 200 people interviewed by Wolff, believes that special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin is focusing on money laundering and the finances of those closest to Trump, including his son and also his son-in-law.

"You realize where this is going," Bannon told Wolff. "This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose (senior prosecutor Andrew) Weissmann first and he is a money laundering guy. Their path to f-?-?-?-?-?-?-? Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr. and Jared Kushner. . It’s as plain as a hair on your face."

The 2016 Trump Tower meeting included a Russian attorney promising dirt on Hillary Clinton, Trump Jr., Kushner and then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Manafort has since been charged by Mueller with money laundering and other federal offenses for crimes that allegedly took place before he joined the Trump campaign.

Bannon, who has publicly voiced his distaste for Kushner in the past, also warned that recent reports of federal prosecutors subpoenaing records from Deutsche Bank could spell doom for both Trump Jr. and Kushner.

"It goes through Deutsche Bank and all the Kushner s---. The Kushner s--- is greasy. They’re going to go right through that. They’re going to roll those two guys up and say play me or trade me," he told Wolff, according to the Guardian.

Trump denies any collusion with Russia and has repeatedly called Mueller’s probe a "witch hunt."

Wolff’s book is set to be released next week.

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