Steve Bannon Says Comey Firing Was Worst Mistake In “Modern Political History”
CNN — Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon believes President Donald Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey was one of the worst mistakes in “modern political history.”
In a “60 Minutes” interview that was posted online Sunday night, Bannon was asked whether he considered Comey’s dismissal — which ignited a political firestorm and directly led to the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including potential ties to Trump’s campaign — the biggest mistake in political history.
Bannon responded, “That would be probably — that probably would be too bombastic even for me, but maybe modern political history.”
He went on to acknowledge that if Comey had not been let go, it’s unlikely that the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller would have been established.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt that if James Comey had not been fired, we would not have a special counsel, yes,” he said. “We would not have the Mueller investigation. We would not have the Mueller investigation and the breadth that clearly Mr. Mueller is going for.”
Happy Monday folks! Truthfully I like to ease myself into Monday mornings such as this — football hangovers, hurricane devastation, the 16th anniversary of 9/11 — but sometimes you just gotta strip down and dive in headfirst. No other way to do it, and today we’re diving right on in with former White House senior counsel Steve Bannon making a hell of a statement about one of the most controversial moves of Trump’s presidency: Bannon says firing Comey was perhaps the worst mistake in modern political history.
You know my favorite part? He’s not saying it’s the worst because of the ethics or the morals or because Comey didn’t deserve to be fired; he’s saying it’s the worst because it led to the hiring of Bob Mueller as special counsel running the Russia probe. Without that “mistake,” Mueller would’ve never been hired and the investigation would never exist to the scope that it currently exists.
I understand what he’s saying, and theoretically Bannon knows his shit so I’m sure he’s right to some degree, but does it really matter whether it’s Comey or Mueller? If there’s something there, we’ll get to the bottom of it whether it was Comey getting there as the head of the FBI or whether it’s Mueller getting there as the head of the investigation. If there’s nothing there, nothing will come. Bannon’s got to be concerned about something if he thinks the move that led to the creation of the investigation is the biggest mistake in modern political history, no?
Bannon was relieved of his White House position about a month ago. Many people (me) were hoping he or Spicer or one of these people would go on a scorched earth tour; unfortunately it appears Bannon will be doing the exact opposite.
Steve Bannon, wingman for life. Right up there with Tommy in the wingman HOF.
The whole thing was a pretty fascinating watch. This line shitting on “limousine liberals” might’ve been my favorite part though.
No matter how fucked up you may or may not believe Bannon’s beliefs are, and despite how perpetually antagonistic he appears, I can’t help but laugh at his blunt “I don’t give a fuck”-ness. Guy hates certain things (liberals) with a burning passion and will never fail to let you know it.
PS — Neck game strong.