When former White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon talked to Charlie Rose on “60 Minutes” last week, he called Trump’s firing of James Comey as FBI director one of the “biggest mistakes in modern political history.”
In various unaired portions of the interview, Charlie Rose asked Bannon questions ranging from involvement with North Korea to James Comey’s firing and Robert Mueller’s subsequent hiring as special counsel.
“The firing of James Comey was the biggest mistake in modern political history?” Rose repeated.
“If you’re saying that that’s associated with me then I’ll leave it at that,” Bannon said.
Bannon also has no doubt that the firing of Comey set the stage for Mueller’s investigation be underway about the Russia investigation.
Had Comey remained on the job, “we would not have the Mueller investigation, would not have the Mueller investigation in the breadth that clearly Mr. Mueller is going,” Bannon said.
Comey was fired about a week after he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which meant that Attorney General Jeff Sessions could lead the investigation, but since his involvement with the Trump campaign, decided to recuse himself which then led Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in charge of making decisions related to the probe.
Rosenstein eventually gave the investigation over to Mueller after Rosenstein came under fire for a letter he wrote to Trump that supported the firing of Comey.
Rose also asked about Jared Kushner expressing support in firing Director Comey, to which Bannon replied saying, “they’ll have to find that out either through the media or through the investigation. I don’t know.”
(H/T The Daily Caller)