On “60 Minutes,” former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said he believes Trump’s firing of James Comey to be the biggest mistake in “modern political history.” Following is a transcript of the video.
CBS: It is also true, many say, and you’re a smart guy, that if James Comey had not been fired we would not have the Mueller investigation. True?
Bannon: I don’t think there’s any doubt that if James Comey had not been fired we would not have a special counsel, yes.
CBS: So we would not have the Mueller investigation?
Bannon: Would not have the Mueller investigation, would not have the Mueller investigation in the breadth that clearly Mr. Mueller is going.
CBS: Someone said to me that you described the firing of James Comey, you’re a student of history, as the biggest mistake in political history.
Bannon: That would probably be too bombastic even for me, but maybe modern political history.
CBS: The firing of James Comey was the biggest mistake in modern political history.
Bannon: If you’re saying that that’s associated with me, then I’ll leave it at that.
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