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Jake Tapper Confronts Ex-Congressman, Who Served Prison Time, Over His Bannon Disavowal

Former Congressman Michael Grimm publicly disavowed Steve Bannon this week and CNN’s Jake Tapper pressed him on exactly why.

Many in Trump World turned on the former White House chief strategist over reported comments of his in Michael Wolff‘s new book Fire and Fury, and the President himself put out a statement saying Bannon “lost his mind.”

Grimm––currently attempting a political comeback––had posted a photo of himself and Bannon late last year, but after the quotes this week, he said in a statement, “I strongly denounce the comments by Steve Bannon as quoted by Michael Wolff. They are baseless attacks against the President’s family, beyond disturbing, and I fully support our Commander in Chief.”

Grimm told Tapper he just can’t work with anyone who’s not focused on forwarding President Trump‘s agenda. He denounced the “witch hunt” against the President and also expressed his issues with Bannon’s reported words for Trump’s children.

As they talked Bannon, Tapper brought up Grimm’s, well, recent history:

“I know you consider yourself a loyal guy… Let me play devil’s advocate here. You’re a convicted felon. You once threatened to throw a reporter off a balcony and break him in half like a boy. You’ve apologized for that, the reporter accepted the apology, but you would probably admit it wasn’t your greatest moment. Bannon stuck his neck out for you after you were released from prison and you wanted to get back into public life. For a guy who went to jail, don’t you think you’re being a little unforgiving?”

Grimm reviewed the case that got him prison time and said, “When the entire weight of the Obama Justice Department is against you and they’re singling you out for delivery boys off the books… that, my friend, is the definition of a political witch hunt.”

Tapper noted how the judge in his case felt he was “unrepentant,” and Grimm jumped in to say it was an “Obama-appointed judge.”

As for his attempt at a political comeback, Tapper asked him why voters should give him a second chance. Grimm said he was wrong but insisted he was an “excellent congressman.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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