Former top White House adviser Steve Bannon confirmed in a recent interview that he once tried to have the alleged Ukraine whistleblower booted from the National Security Council (NSC) at the White House over concerns of information leaks.
Although Bannon, who resigned in August 2017, went on to argue it was not “important” to identify the whistleblower publicly, he asserted that it nevertheless was appropriate for Republicans to conduct a “thorough investigation” of the person’s intentions and past associations. The New York Times has identified the whistleblower as a former CIA operative who was detailed to the White House.
“When I was in the White House, there were a number of people in the National Security Council — the named individual eventually got let go, I believe because people were suspicious, not me, but other people around him were suspicious of his leaking, and that’s why he was let go,” Bannon told VICE, without naming the whistleblower.
Bannon added it was “absolutely true” that he wanted to get the alleged whistleblower “out of the National Security Council.”
Fox News has reported that the Ukraine whistleblower has been subject to an Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) complaint concerning fundraising efforts.