Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s former chief strategist, will be interviewed by investigators for the special counsel rather than go in front of a grand jury.
The move marks the first time the special counsel is known to have used a grand jury subpoena to seek information from a member of President Trump’s inner circle.
No one has been more closely associated with the right-wing news site in recent years, but Mr. Bannon has lost support among conservative backers as President Trump has denounced him.
Mr. Bannon, the president’s former chief strategist, expressed regret after being quoted as saying that a meeting involving Donald Trump Jr. and Russians was “treasonous.”
Stephen K. Bannon, who is quoted in a new book calling Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russians in 2016 “treasonous,” said that Mr. Trump was “both a patriot and a good man.”
The president’s senior policy adviser, Stephen Miller, said comments by Stephen K. Bannon in a new book were “out of touch with reality,” “vindictive” and “grotesque.”