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Bannon Deposed by Breitbart

Stephen K. Bannon is to step down as the executive chairman of Breitbart News Network, LLC. Last week, it was revealed that Bannon made inflammatory comments concerning President Donald Trump and his family to author Michael Wolff, who reprinted them in his book, "Fire and Fury."

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Wolff claimed that Bannon represented Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer as "treasonous," chided Jared Kushner's business practices, and dubbed Ivanka Trump as the "queen of leaks." President Donald Trump responded harshly, saying that Bannon had "lost his mind" after being ousted from his post in the West Wing.

Bannon didn't deny making the remarks, but he did apologize to the president through a delayed statement. The president rejected the extension of a mea culpa.

Previously the White House chief strategist and a member of the National Security Council, Bannon returned to his role as executive chairman. He had previously held this role from 2012 to January 2017, having been brought on board by founder Andrew Breitbart.

According to The New York Times, Bannon's removal from Breitbart was at the recommendation of Rebekah Mercer, whose father, Robert Mercer, was Bannon's longtime patron. Bannon and the elder Mercer cut ties months ago.

According to a statement by Larry Solov, Breitbart's chief executive, there will be cooperation with Bannon to ensure a "smooth and orderly" transition. 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."

Concerning Bannon, former Breitbart reporter Chuck Johnson said, "Bannon didn’t do anything for anyone but himself so he has gotten what he put into the Trump administration."

NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch said, "Bannon now needs to divest himself entirely from Breitbart. This is a great step in the right direction and a good move for Andrew's legacy."