Bannon is with Comey.
Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon said President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey may have been the biggest mistake in “modern political history.”
Bannon’s surprising defense for the axed lawman came in a segment from Bannon’s Sunday “60 Minutes” interview that did not make the cut on air.
In the interview, Charlie Rose said he had heard Bannon describe Comey’s ouster in May as “the biggest mistake in political history.”
“That probably would be too bombastic, even for me,” Bannon said.
“But maybe modern political history.”
Trump admitted that he fired Comey in part to help clear “the cloud” hanging over his presidency from the federal investigation into the Trump campaign’s purported Russia ties.
As Bannon sees it, Trump should have realized that the FBI as an institution would continue its work no matter who ran it.
Bannon also noted that, if Comey didn’t go, Special Counsel Robert Mueller — who Trump cannot personally fire — would have never taken over the probe.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt that if James Comey had not been fired, we would not have a special counsel,” Bannon said.
Joshua Green’s book “Devil’s Bargain,” about Bannon’s role in Trump’s surprise victory, noted that Bannon warned the President about backlash to come from Comey’s firing.
Former FBI Director James Comey testifying before the Senate in July.
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“You can’t fire the FBI,” Bannon told Trump, according to the book.
Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, meanwhile, was pushing for Comey to go, the book said.
Kushner has been looped into the federal Russia probe because of his undisclosed meetings with Russians during the campaign.
Bannon often clashed with Trump’s family members before being ousted from his newly-created White House gig in August.
But he has remained in Trump’s orbit and, having returned to Breitbart News, still pushes for the President to follow his nationalist agenda.
Politico on Monday reported that Bannon is behind an effort to rally primary challengers for Republican senators in 2018, in hopes of taking down members of the GOP establishment who have thwarted Trump’s campaign ambitions.