Bannon steps down from Breitbart News following White House furor

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Bannon was working as Trump's chief strategist when the president fired FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump: Dershowitz interview on "witch hunt" a "must watch" Comey after Trump tweet: FBI is honest, strong, independent Former ethics director: Trump's tweet on Flynn would have ended past administrations MORE previous year.

Bannon is stepping down from his post as executive chairman of Breitbart News, the company announced Tuesday.

Bannon had previously insisted that he did not need a lawyer because he had not been drawn into the multiple investigations into whether Trump's team coordinated with Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign. Bannon said in a statement released on Sunday that his comments were directed at Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager, and not aimed at the president's son.

Bannon's departure from Breitbart came as a shock to some of his allies. President Trump's lawyers tried to avoid the exit of Fury and Fire, which directors of Macmillan Publishers, the publishing house responsible for its printing, qualified as a flagrant violation of the US Constitution. But Bannon was marginalized in the months before his ouster over Trump's concerns that the top aide was being viewed as an Oval Office puppeteer.

The White House did not immediately respond to the news of Bannon's ouster, but press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders last week called on the conservative site - which has been a steadfast backer of the president - to "look at and consider" parting ways with Bannon.

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It's like the movie "Mean Girls", except it's in the White House. Bannon liquidated his equity stake in the operation when he left for the White House, leaving him with a greatly diminished say in the matter.

But the president had sharp criticism for Bannon, accusing him of unfairly taking credit for his election win.

Mr. Bannon had already been on the outs with his former Prince for taking all the credit for the latter's improbable and regrettable election victory.

Whether all the disclosures Mr. Wolff has reported are accurate or not, taken together they constitute more tasty morsels for both the conventional news media and the social media platforms Mr. Trump himself so favors.