In seeking a top-secret government security clearance, Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, failed to report dozens of contacts with foreign officials, according to a Thursday New York Times report.
Bannon denied the allegations when approached by reporters.
Trump removed Bannon from the National Security Council this week in what was seen as a victory for new national security adviser H.R. McMaster, a former Army lieutenant general who was working to exert control over the national security apparatus.
Former campaign manager for then-candidate Donald Trump, and now serving as his current Counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway may have caught your attention when she used the phrase "alternative facts", in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" in January of this year.
"Susan Rice operationalized the N.S.C. during the last administration", Bannon said in a statement, according to the New York Times. Kushner's political philosophy is also supposedly more moderate than Bannon's although no real evidence of that has come through in any policy decisions from Trump.
"Bannon still has vast interest in national security and he'll still offer advice", said Alex Ward, an analyst at the Atlantic Council think tank who closely watches Trump's foreign policy.
Since the beginning of Mr. Trump's presidency, Bannon and Kushner have espoused diverging views, whether behind the scenes or publicly. White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks characterised the meetings as routine diplomatic encounters. If you believe WaPo, the paranoia inside the White House between "Goldman" and "Breitbart", as the two camps now reportedly refer to each other, about who might be badmouthing whom to Trump is now so thick that advisors seem afraid to leave Trump alone with their rivals.
Bannon, an unkempt iconoclast, has generally chafed at the transition from firebomb campaigning to more modulated governing and for weeks has vented about the possibility of quitting, one person close to him said.
But the form clearly requires any contact with a foreign government official to be reported.