>> He was once President Trump's chief strategist, just steps from the Oval Office. Now, sources tell Reuters, the US Senate Intelligence Committee is examining Steve Bannon's role during the 2016 presidential campaign. The committee is looking into what Bannon, who was campaign chairman, might know about any contacts during the campaign between Moscow and former campaign advisors George Papadopoulos and Carter Page.
In September, Papadopoulos was sentenced to 14 days in prison for lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russians. No charges have been filed against Page. Bannon's lawyer acknowledged the committee's interest but said, there is no reason to suggest Bannon himself is under investigation. Sources also said Bannon had recently met for a second time with investigators working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, in his probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 race.
Bannon, a champion of the nationalist movement, was fired in August 2017 after a series of clashes with Trump and top aides.