Dear Commons Community,
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 comment came in a segment from Bannon’s Sunday “60 Minutes” interview with Charlie Rose that did not make the cut on air.
In the interview, 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.
Coming from Bannon as someone close to Trump, this is a most interesting comment.