If Steve Bannon didn’t already cut a plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as we’ve long suspected he did back when he reportedly provided Mueller with twenty hours of Trump-Russia testimony, then Bannon had better run back and cut a deal as quickly as he can. Even as Cambridge Analytica is quickly becoming the flashpoint of the scandal, a whistleblower within the company is providing evidence that Bannon and his billionaire backer Rebekah Mercer knew they were engaged in a criminal plot at the time.
Christopher Wylie worked for Cambridge Analytica at a time when Steve Bannon was running it, and Rebekah and Robert Mercer were funding it. Over the past week Wylie has been one of the people to blow the whistle on the fact that the company was working with user data that it had stolen from millions of Facebook users. Now Wylie is posting evidence that Bannon and Rebekah Mercer knew the company was employing foreign nationals, and that they knew it was illegal.
Wylie has posted a “confidential memorandum” on Twitter which was written by attorney Laurence Levy in July of 2014 and was addressed to Rebekah Mercer, Steve Bannon, and Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix. The attorney stated that the three of them had asked for legal guidance on using foreign nationals, and he then went on to spell out why it was illegal. The three of them can’t claim they never saw this letter, because they had clearly asked for the attorney’s guidance on the matter in the first place. It confirms that they knew what they were doing was illegal – and yet they continued doing it anyway.
So now we know that Steve Bannon and Rebekah Mercer knowingly broke the law with regard to employing foreign nationals for Cambridge Analytica’s work in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. If Bannon hasn’t already cut a plea deal with Robert Mueller, he can expect to be indicted for it. If Bannon did cut a deal but wasn’t forthcoming about everything we’re now learning about Cambridge Analytica’s antics, he can expect his deal to be revoked. Either way, Bannon and the Mercers are busted.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report