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THREAD: Steve Bannon was subpoenaed *last week* by Mueller “to testify before a grand jury as part of the investigation into possible links between Trump’s associates and #Russia🇷🇺”‼️ 1/…
👆🏼THIS is the first time Mueller is known to have used a grand jury subpoena to seek info from *directly* Trump’s INNER CIRCLE‼️🤗 (Mueller has used subpoenas before to seek info *about* Trump’s associates & their ties to #Russia or other foreign governments.) 2/
Mueller likely is using the subpoena as a negotiating tactic b/c Bannon could likely avoid the grand jury if he agrees to be questioned by investigators in Team🇺🇸Mueller’s offices.🤔 3/
It’s NOT clear why Mueller is manhandling Bannon👉🏼different than the dozen Trump administration officials interviewed late last year who were NEVER subpoenaed.🤨 4/

Mueller issued the subpoena *after* Bannon was quoted #FireAndFury‼️🤣

👉🏼Criticized Trump
👉🏼Called Trump Jr’s 2016 #RussianLawyer🇷🇺meeting “treasonous”
👉🏼Predicted that Mueller’s investigation would ultimately center on #MoneyLaundering

Mueller’s subpoena of Bannon is BIGLY bad news for Team🇷🇺Treason. Prosecutors typically interview witnesses before a grand jury if they think they have info that the witnesses do NOT know they have (like SIGINT) or when they think they might catch the witnesses in a lie‼️ 6/
During an interview, the LAWYER can interject, making it much easier for a witness to stop the questioning or sidestep questions.🤨

But grand jury testimony is transcribed, and witnesses are REQUIRED to answer *every* question‼️🤗 7/
Unlike an interview, the witness' lawyer is NOT allowed into the GRAND JURY room👉🏼only the witness, the prosecutors, the grand jurors & the court reporter.🤔

Makes it MUCH easier to catch a witness in a LIE‼️😎 8/

Mueller's grand jury is ACTIVELY working👉🏼undermines the WH spin that the #TrumpRussia🇷🇺probe will end soon & Trump will be cleared.🙄

Mueller informed Trump’s lawyers that he will want to question Trump, but the interview has not been scheduled yet.😎 9/
Bannon has LOTS of inside info on Team🇷🇺Trump:

👉🏼Campaign / digital ops / Cambridge Analytica
👉🏼Served as chief executive of Trump campaign in Oct'16 when WikiLeaks released hacked emails from Podesta
👉🏼Transition team w/PENCE
👉🏼Flynn's firing
👉🏼Mercer's role

In #FireAndFury, Bannon said that Junior, Kush & Manafort were “treasonous” & “unpatriotic” for attending the #RussianLawyer🇷🇺meeting. Bannon also said there was “zero” chance that Jr didn't take them to meet Daddy Trump.🤨

Mueller will DEFINITELY probe this‼️😎 11/
After lambasting "Sloppy Steve", Trump suddenly realized that Bannon can HURT him & backed off, b/c Trump likely was told that Bannon would soon be GRILLED by Mueller‼️

Don't you just love Team🇷🇺Traitor's circular firing squad⁉️😉 12/
Mueller's heavy-handed tactics against Bannon are reminiscent (albeit MUCH less harsh) than his NO-KNOCK RAID of Manafort's house. Meaning: Bannon is a pretty big fish, who can help Mueller NAIL Trump‼️🤗 13/
Recall that Bannon has the SAME lawyer as Priebus & McGahn, so if ONE flipped, then ALL of them flipped. (It would be unethical for a lawyer to represent clients on "opposite sides" of an investigation, meaning witness vs defendant.)🤨 14/
It's quite possible that Bannon is being uncooperative, BUT we know that Priebus *voluntarily* turned over ALL of his notes to Mueller.🤔 15/
If Bannon is being uncooperative, a GRAND JURY subpoena is YUGE stick👉🏼massive leverage by Mueller to force an interview, which is HIGHLY preferred by the witness/target over Grand Jury testimony for the reasons outlined above‼️ 16/
Another explanation is that Bannon FLIPPED & is cooperating👉🏼Mueller's subpoena provides COVER for him to either testify before the Grand Jury or be interviewed by Mueller.🤔 17/
Fmr Whitewater prosecutor of Bill Clinton (Solomon Wisenberg)👉🏼"By forcing someone to testify through a subpoena, you are providing the witness w/cover b/c they can say, ‘I had no choice — I had to go in & testify about everything I knew.'"😉 18/
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