First… he was booted from his position at the White House then he got into a “war of words”, so to speak, with President Trump and his staff.
We reported some days ago that the Breitbart board was discussing his future with the company… Well…
Bannon is officially out of Breitbart!
— Evan Rosenfeld (@Evan_Rosenfeld) January 9, 2018
It all started with a quote in Michael Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury, where it was alleged that he called Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with Russia “treasonous” — he also supposedly said that Ivanka was incredibly dumb.
“The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor — with no lawyers,” Bannon told Michael Wolff in an excerpt from Wolff’s new book, Fire and Fury.
On Wednesday, Trump’s lawyer sent Bannon a cease-and-desist letter claiming the former aide had “breached the Agreement by, among other things, communicating with author Michael Wolff about Mr. Trump, his family members, and the Company [the campaign], disclosing Confidential Information to Mr. Wolff, and making disparaging statements and in some cases outright defamatory statements to Mr. Wolff about Mr. Trump, his family members.”
Breitbart.com confirmed the news Tuesday afternoon. In a statement, CEO Larry Solov said Bannon “is a valued part of our legacy, and we will always be grateful for his contributions, and what he has helped us to accomplish.”
In the same statement, Bannon said, “I’m proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform.”
Whatever we find about the story going forward, Bannon’s epic fall is something to watch.
Mr. Bannon’s departure, which was forced by a onetime financial patron, Rebekah Mercer, comes as Mr. Bannon remained unable to quell the furor over remarks attributed to him in a new book in which he questions President Trump’s mental fitness and disparages his elder son, Donald Trump Jr.
Mr. Bannon and Breitbart will work together on a smooth transition, a statement from the company’s chief executive, Larry Solov, said.