President Trump has decided to distance himself from Steve Bannon after the former White House Chief Strategist disclosed sensitive information about Trump and his family.
The president’s lawyer sent Bannon a “cease and desist” letter on Wednesday in which it describes how the former chief strategist had violated an agreement signed during the 2016 campaign. This letter came after several excerpts from an upcoming book by journalist, Michael Wolff, became public. In them, Bannon criticized several members of the Trump family, including Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
More so, one of the primary reasons as to why President Trump wanted to shun his former Chief Strategist was due to a specific excerpt, where Steve Bannon confirmed that Trump Jr. and Kushner had met with Russian officials at Trump Tower in 2016. Bannon described the meeting as being “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”.
Naturally, the White House dismissed the book as a collection of false statements. Trump’s attorney, Charles Harder, made it clear in the letter, that the people that he represents, including Trump’s family and their companies, retain all right to pursue legal action against Bannon.
“Should that occur, they would bring all available causes of action and seek all available legal and equitable remedies, including monetary damages, to the maximum extent permitted by law,” Harder wrote.
Harder believes that legal action from his clients is inevitable, reiterating the confidentiality and non-disparagement agreement that Bannon breached. Aside from the contract violation, Harder also notes that the Breitbart chairman should be charged with defamation by libel and slander.
Bannon also declared in another excerpt from the book how Trump would have known of the meeting between Russian officials and his son, Trump Jr., which would contradict previous White House statements.
As for the president himself, Trump stated on Wednesday that Bannon spent his time at the White House “leaking false information” in order to make himself “far more important than he was”.
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