GOP congressional candidate Michael Grimm denounced his former political ally Stephen Bannon on Friday in the wake of Bannon’s controversial comments in a new book.

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“One of the main reasons why I’m running for Congress is to forward President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s agenda and the pro-America agenda, and I cannot work with anyone that does not want to forward that agenda, and will do anything that will harm the Trump administration,” Grimm told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

“I think that this book as a whole is harmful because it’s a major distraction,” said Grimm, a former GOP congressman who went to jail for tax evasion before announcing a bid for his former New York House seat last year.


Grimm weighed in Friday on author Michael Wolff’s newly released book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.” Excerpts of the book, released starting earlier this week, prompted Trump to cut ties with Bannon, his former White House chief strategist.

Bannon was quoted in Wolff’s book saying he believed Donald Trump Jr.Don John TrumpTrump Jr. calls elderly supporter who was assaulted Trump Jr. hits Howard Stern for going ‘establishment,’ ‘acting like Hillary’ Trump Jr., GOP senator lash out at Facebook for taking down protest pages on stay-at-home orders MORE’s meeting with a Russian lawyer in the summer of 2016 was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.” The Russian lawyer had promised damaging information on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE.

“They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV,” Bannon said, referring to the Russia probe. 

Grimm hit back at the comments Friday, saying they were harmful to the White House. 

“I have been strongly saying over and over again that anyone that gives any credence to this Russia-gate or Russian collusion story is only adding fuel to a fire that is only, in my humble but professional opinion, is a political witch hunt,” Grimm said.

“So that in itself is very harmful to this administration,” he continued. “And I don’t think that anyone should ever take shots at anyone’s children.”

“To go after his family, for me is crossing a line.” 

The former congressman said last year he was “excited” to have Bannon’s help in his current election bid. Grimm was among a number of candidates that Bannon had backed for 2018, with the pair appearing in a photo together after Grimm’s announcement.

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