Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist for President Donald Trump. Photo: Adrian Bretscher/Getty Images

The whistleblower behind the Cambridge Analytica Facebook data scandal told CNN Wednesday that Steve Bannon, President Trump's former top political adviser, directed the firm to carry out voter suppression tactics against black voters in 2016.

The backdrop: Christopher Wylie, a former Cambridge Analytica employee, said he didn't participate in the activity, but that Bannon wanted to "discourage or demobilize certain types of people from voting." This revelation follows Wylie's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that the firm had used methods to discourage voting among targeted populations. Bannon did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment. 

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Driving the news: Axios has obtained a copy of Berman's opening statement for his closed-door hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.

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