Bannon tells Congress he called Trump Tower meeting 'unpatriotic': Sources

It's an acknowledgement of comments he’s publicly distanced himself from.

Two sources familiar with Bannon’s congressional appearance tell ABC News that Bannon stood by his description of the meeting as “unpatriotic,” but told lawmakers his initial description of the meeting as “treasonous” was exaggerated.

A third source familiar with Bannon’s interview told ABC News that Bannon’s characterization of the meeting as “unpatriotic” behind closed doors was only a reference to Manafort, not Trump Jr. or Kushner.

Bannon only said that the meeting “displayed poor judgment” on the part of Trump Jr. and Kushner, but was “excusable because they were newcomers to political campaigns,” the source said.

Bannon also told the committee he was speculating when he suggested to Wolff that it was likely that Trump Jr. brought the Russian lawyer and other individuals in the meeting to meet with Donald Trump in Trump Tower, according to two sources.

"The chance that Don Jr did not walk these jumos up to his father's office on the twenty-sixth floor is zero,” Bannon told Wolff.

Bannon is expected back before the committee later this month after he refused to answer questions about his time working for Trump during the transition and in the Oval Office.

Bannon did not respond to a request for comment.

ABC News' Tara Palmeri contributed to this report.