Steve Bannon Removed From National Security Council | NBC Nightly News


NBC’S HALLIE JACKSON
HAS IT ALL COVERED.
>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
>>Reporter: THE
PRESIDENT’S INNER CIRCLE TODAY IN A
SINGLE FILE LINE WITH
THE NOTABLE EXCEPTION. CHIEF STRATEGIST STEVE
BANNON AT EVERY OTHER
PRESS CONFERENCE SO FAR.
A SOURCE FAMILIAR SAYS
BANNON WAS WORKING ON HEALTH CARE BUT THE NO
SHOW CAME HOURS AFTER
HE WAS OUSTED FROM THE NATIONAL SECURITY
COUNSEL.
>>STEVE BANNON RAISED EYEBROWS AT FIRST
BECAUSE YOU DON’T PUT
POLITICAL PEOPLE ON THE SECURITY
COMMITTEE.
TOO SOON TO TELL IF HE’S LOSING INFLUENCE.
>>Reporter: THE VICE
PRESIDENT INSISTING IT’S NOT A DEMOTION.
>>THIS IS JUST A
NATURAL EVOLUTION TO ENSURE THE NATIONAL
SECURITY COUNSEL IS
ORGANIZED IN A WAY THAT BEST SERVES THE
PRESIDENT.
>>Reporter: THE MOVE, WINNING BIPARTISAN
SUPPORT.
>>I’D BE VERY PLEASED THAT HE’S NOT ON THE
NATIONAL SECURITY
COUNSEL. MY HOPE IS THAT HE
WOULD HAVE NO ROLE IN
GOVERNMENT AT ALL. >>Reporter: THAT’S
NOT HAPPENING.
WHILE BANNON IS IS NOT ON THE NSC ANYMORE, HE
CAN ATTEND MEETINGS
AND HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST SECURITY
CLEARANCES IN THE WEST
WING. BANNON WAS PUT ON THE
COMMITTEE AS A CHECK
AGAINST MICHAEL FLYNN, THE DISMISSED NATIONAL
SECURITY ADVISOR.
HIS ROLE TO BREAK DOWN THE OBAMA ERA
STRUCTURE INSIDE THAT
NATIONAL SECURITY TEAM LED AT THE TIME BY
SUSAN RICE.
SHE’S IN THE PRESIDENT’S CROSS
HAIRS NOW AS HE
ACCUSES RICE WITH NO EVIDENCE OF COMMITTING
A CRIME BY REQUESTING
THE NAMES OF PEOPLE CONNECTED BY THE TRUMP
TEAM BE UNMASKED.
>>THERE IS SIMPLY NOTHING WRONG, ILLEGAL
ABOUT DOING THAT.
WHAT WOULD BE WRONG AND ILLEGAL IS IF SHE
TOOK THAT NAME AND
THEN, YOU KNOW, E-MAILED IT TO THE
PRESS.
>>I LEAKED NOTHING TO NOBODY.
>>Reporter: THE
PRESIDENT, YET AGAIN, MAKING AN
UNSUBSTANTIATED
SURVEILLANCE CLAIM TELLING “THE NEW YORK
TIMES” IT’S QUOTE ONE
OF THE BIG STORIES OF OUR TIME.
PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS
HE WILL EXPLAIN HIS CLAIM AT THE RIGHT
TIME, SUSAN RICE

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