Bannon: Comey Firing Biggest Recent Political Mistake

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Former White House strategist Stephen Bannon believes President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey was the biggest mistake “maybe in modern political history.” Bannon made the statement to “60 Minutes.” It was an extraordinary assertion, considering all the political mistakes made in recent decades, including the Watergate cover-up by President Richard Nixon and the related Saturday Night Massacre, the Iran-contra affair during the administration of President Ronald Reagan and President Bill Clinton’s dalliance with Monica Lewinsky, the Washington Post reports.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt that if James Comey had not been fired,” Bannon told interviewer Charlie Rose, “we would not have a special counsel. We would not have the Mueller investigation in the breadth that clearly Mr. Mueller is going,” referring to special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment to investigate any possible connection between Trump or his campaign with Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Mueller’s team is looking at the decision to fire Comey, which some have argued could be interpreted by prosecutors as part of an effort to obstruct justice.

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