White House at odds with Bannon on Comey, GOP leadership

But eight days after Comey was sacked, and over Trump's objections, the second-ranking Justice Department official, Rod Rosenstein, named another former FBI chief, Robert Mueller, as special counsel to head a criminal investigation into possible Trump campaign links with Russian Federation and whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey.

Appearing on CBS News' 60 Minutes, Bannon spoke with interviewer Charlie Rose about a number of subjects, including Republican legislators, immigration, and the politics of White House staffing. "I know that no one else cared about it and now that he's been fired, no one's going to really care about anything else Steve Bannon has to say", Christie said.

If Comey were still head of the FBI, special prosecutor Robert Mueller would never have been put in charge of the investigation, Bannon said. Mueller was appointed as special counsel for the investigation shortly after that move.

Mr Mueller was appointed by the U.S. deputy attorney general after President Trump stunned Washington by firing Mr Comey on 9 May.

Bannon is now in China, where he will deliver a keynote address Tuesday on the subject of "American economic nationalism, the populist revolt and Asia" at an event organized by Hong Kong brokerage firm CLSA. In the same interview, Bannon defended both Trump's response to recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia - which drew widespread GOP condemnation - and his hot-mic moment in that "Access Hollywood" tape talking about grabbing women by their. well, you remember.

MR BANNON, condemning top officials in the George W. Bush administration, particularly former secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell for helping with China's economic rise.

"I am a big believer, in this city, that this is a city of institutions not individuals", he said.

Bannon said, "I don't think (Trump) needs the Washington Post, and the New York Times, and CBS News". They can call me an anti-Semite.

Why he left the White House: "I went to General Kelly on August 7th saying, "My one-year anniversary's coming up". I don't believe that. "This is just another standard in judgment that you rain upon him in the effort to destroy Donald Trump".

"The issue is: Do you invest your time and energy in attacking people who are carrying this president's water in Congress to the benefit of people who are trying to impeach him? And he's not going to stop". The talk will focus on "American economic nationalism, the populist revolt and Asia", according to a CLSA spokeswoman. He later added: "I think their choice is gonna be you're not gonna be able to totally repeal it".

"And by the way, that's every nationality, every race, every religion, every sexual preference, as long as you're a citizen of our country".

  • Leroy Wright