>> President Donald Trump blasted his former top advisor Steve Bannon as an explosive new book widens the split within his inner circle. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where Trump has apparently cutting ties with the man who once led his campaign and served as a top advisor in his White House.
This after Bannon was quoted as calling his son Donald Jr. treasonous in a new book that's crammed with details about the President's tumultuous first year in office. Now that book called Fire and Fury is kicking up new storm at the outset of year two. It's already a top seller on Amazon.
Author Michael Wolff writes that Bannon was astonished that Trump's son, Donald Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner would agree to meet with a Russian lawyer during the campaign who offered damaging material about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Bannon is quoted as saying it was treasonous or unpatriotic to take the meeting.
Trump responded with a scorching statement saying Bannon, quote, not only lost his job, he lost his mind when he was fired from the White House in August, adding that he has nothing to do with me or my presidency. On Twitter, Donald Junior accused Bannon of spreading lies.>> Did the president's son, Donald Trump Junior, commit treason?
>> I think that is a ridiculous accusation. And if that's in reference to comments by Mr. Bannon I'd refer you back to the ones that he made previously on 60 minutes, where he called the collusion with Russia about this president a total farce. If anybody's been inconsistent, it's been him.
>> Bannon has seen himself as the keeper of Trump's populist flame even after he was booted from the White House. But if the two men have truly parted ways they could end up working at cross purposes in this years congressional elections. That could make it harder for their Republican Party to retain control of capital hill.