Bannon out as chairman of Breitbart News, loses radio show

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The House committee had sent a letter to Bannon in late December requesting the interview, Bloomberg reported at the time.

The committee is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election as well as allegations of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials. The former Trump campaign chief and White House adviser is gearing up for his interview with House investigators next.

Forty-six percent of Republicans who were surveyed registered an unfavorable view of Bannon, a 17-percent increase from the last poll, taken December 14-18.

Bannon could be an incredibly valuable witness for the special counsel, especially if his testimony matches up with McGahn and Priebus - who took the highly unusual step of keeping contemporaneous notes throughout his six months as chief of staff.

In the end, it was Bannon's need to appear powerful that led to his ouster from Breitbart, according to investigative reporter Dave Lindorff.

A source close to Bannon suspected that Mercer and her father Bob were behind Bannon's ouster.

"Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency", Trump said last week.

Earlier this week, Bannon was forced to leave his role as executive chairman of Breitbart News, the conservative outlet whose platform propelled him to national prominence, in the wake of anger from the White House about comments he made in a new book by journalist Michael Wolff, "Fire and Fury". But some Trump allies hope the president will permanently cut off his former strategist, and the fate of Bannon's insurgency against the Republican establishment is now in doubt.

Breitbart CEO Larry Solov added: "Steve is a valued part of our legacy, and we will always be grateful for his contributions and what he has helped us to accomplish".

"Steve had nothing to do with my win, or certainly very little", he said.

Manafort, who served as campaign manager before Bannon joined the Trump team, has been indicted on money laundering and other charges in the Mueller probe.

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