It’s not just Andrew Puzder.
President Donald Trump has another cabinet member who has faced domestic violence allegations by his former wife: Steve Bannon, the former executive of far right-wing Breitbart News Network and a notorious white nationalist.
That’s right. One of Trump’s most trusted advisers – White House chief strategist – Bannon, was also accused of beating his wife 21 years ago.
He reportedly faced charges of misdemeanor domestic violence, battery and dissuading a witness in early January 1996, after he allegedly grabbed his then-wife, Mary Louise Piccard, by the “throat and arm,” and smashed her phone when she tried to call 911.
However, more disturbing details of the alleged incident emerged this week when MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow read the Santa Monica police report of the assault involving Bannon on her show.
The alleged assault took place on Jan. 1, 1996, early in the morning, when Piccard got up to feed their seven-month-old twins and Bannon got upset at her “for making some noise.”
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, special correspondent at AJ+, posted details of the police report shared by Maddow on his Twitter account.
Santa Monica police report on New Years Day 96: Slept on couch in family home. Had 7 month old twins. His wife woke up to feed twins.— Ahmed Shihab-Eldin (@ASE) February 16, 2017
Bannon got upset with his wife, after 8 in morning, he left the house. His wife asked him for Amex card so she could go grocery shopping.— Ahmed Shihab-Eldin (@ASE) February 16, 2017
He said she didn't need it and she should just write a check. She went to car and asked why he was playing games with money.— Ahmed Shihab-Eldin (@ASE) February 16, 2017
They argued, he was in car, reached up to her from drivers seat grabbed her left wrist and pulled him. Bannon grabbed her neck.— Ahmed Shihab-Eldin (@ASE) February 16, 2017
He pulled her into the car. She struck back ran into house with him following her. Said she was calling 911, grabbed twins in living room— Ahmed Shihab-Eldin (@ASE) February 16, 2017
When she got to the twins, he jumped over her and twins to grab the phone from her, when he grabbed it, threw it across the room.— Ahmed Shihab-Eldin (@ASE) February 16, 2017
He left the house, and she found the phone in pieces on the floor. Police Officer said, he received a call of a 911 hang up.— Ahmed Shihab-Eldin (@ASE) February 16, 2017
The telephone operator verified the phone was off the hook. I was greeted at door she was upset had been crying. She said oh good ur here.— Ahmed Shihab-Eldin (@ASE) February 16, 2017
She then described the argument, the beating, him chasing her, complained of soreness to neck, she had marks on wrist.— Ahmed Shihab-Eldin (@ASE) February 16, 2017
The charges against Bannon were dropped after, Piccard claimed, his lawyer threatened her, telling her if Bannon went to jail, she “would have no money and no way to support the children.”
Puzder withdrew his nomination as labor secretary after a decades-old Ophrah Winfrey tape raising allegations of domestic abuse by his ex-wife resurfaced.
However, not a lot of attention has been paid to the domestic abuse accusations against Bannon who is making and influencing key policy decisions of the new administration.
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