Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon says President Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey is the biggest mistake in “modern political history.”
CBS News anchor Charlie Rose asked Bannon during a Sunday interview if Comey’s sacking is the “biggest mistake in political history.”
“That probably would be too bombastic, even for me,” Bannon responded on “60 Minutes.” “But maybe modern political history.”
Bannon told Rose, however, that had Trump not ousted Comey, there would not be a special counsel leading the probe of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt that if James Comey had not been fired, we would not have a special counsel,” he said, referencing Robert Mueller.
“We would not have the Mueller investigation, we would not have a Mueller investigation in the breadth that clearly Mr. Mueller is going in.”
Bannon additionally called the Russia investigation a “waste of time” before declining to state whether he believes Moscow meddled in last year’s White House race.
“We’ll have to wait til the investigation is finished,” said Bannon, who is now executive chairman of Breitbart News.
Trump dismissed Comey last May, a move which sparked controversy due to the FBI’s ongoing examination of Russia’s election intrusions in 2016.
The Justice Department appointed Mueller, himself a former FBI director, to serve as the investigation’s special counsel the same month of Comey’s ouster.
The Washington Post reported last Friday that Mueller has told the White House his team hopes to interview six senior and former aides to Trump as part of his investigation.
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus are among those Mueller’s team hopes to speak with.
Mueller’s investigation includes potential collusion between Russia and Trump’s 2016 election campaign.
Trump has repeatedly criticized Mueller’s probe as a “witch hunt” against him and his administration.