There is nothing to the Russia investigation. It is a waste of time.
“It’s a total and complete farce. Russian collusion is a farce,” Steve Bannon told Charlie Rose during a 60 Minutes interview.
Bannon described the ongoing and apparently growing Russia investigation with contempt and wonder.
Bannon, who left the White House several weeks ago to return to his website Breitbart, revealed his energy, his wrath, his contempt for the ruling class in Washington, DC. In the Rose interview.
Often described by the liberal press as a racist and white supremacist, he was hardly either of those in a painfully honest and wide-ranging discussion with Rose.
Bannon didn’t stop with the investigation, either.
What does he consider the ultimate question?
“The only question before us is, is it going to be a left-wing populism or a right-wing populism?”
Like a bulldozer pushing aside debris, Bannon told Rose,
“The Republican establishment is trying to nullify the 2016 election. That’s a brutal fact we have to face,” Bannon told Rose.
Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, he said, are the leaders of the effort to derail the president.
“They don’t want the president’s policies implemented,” he said.
“They do not want Donald Trump’s populist, economic nationalist agenda to be implemented.”
Bannon said there is no accountability in government in Washington DC.
With passion and mincing no words, he described vividly what is going on politically inside the White House and the Republican Party as being every bit as ludicrous as what is going on with the Democratic Party.
The Republicans are lost and will soon be split, he predicted.
“They’re gonna be held accountable if they do not support the President of the United States. Right now there’s no accountability,” he added.
He described the swamp President Trump has promised to clear as a 50-year-in-the-making business model.
“The permanent political class as represented by both parties is what the swamp is,” he said.
“This will take 10, 15, 20 years to change.
Citizenship, above all, is what he pleaded for as being important to continuing the American Dream.
Frankly, he shredded Rose.
“The very first meetings we had with the Republican establishment, here was the plan that was laid out. The plan was to do Obamacare because, remember, Paul Ryan and these guys come in and said, ‘We’ve done this for seven years. We’ve voted on this 50 times. We understand this issue better than anybody. We know how to repeal and we know how to replace, and this is ours. Thats what we’re going to start with day one, and we will have something on your desk by Easter. By the Easter break, we’ll do repeal and replace. Come back from Easter, and all the way up to the August break, taxes. Come back from the summer break, on Labor Day, and we drive home to the end of the year on infrastructure. We accomplish all three big legislative goals in the first year,’” he said.
It’s now September, and the Affordable Care Act remains in place, after the Senate failed to repeal the bill.
Last week, Mr. Trump forged a deal with Democrats for the debt ceiling, funding the government, and aid for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. It was a move which stunned Republican leadership, but the president wanted to be able to move on to work on the tax code, Rose said.
Rose asked whether it was true that Bannon had described President Trump’s termination of former FBI Director James Comey as the biggest mistake in political history.
“That probably would be too bombastic even for me, but maybe modern political history,” replied Bannon.
He also told Rose that “I don’t think there’s any doubt that if James Comey had not been fired, we would not have a special counsel.” Asked whether he thought Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the Russia probe, should be fired, Bannon replied, “No, I do not.”
How he described himself to Rose.
“I think I’m a street fighter. And by the way, I think that’s why Donald Trump and I get along so well. Donald Trump’s a fighter. Great counter puncher. Great counter puncher. He’s a fighter,” Bannon said, adding that the media’s portrayal of him as a “street fighter” is “pretty accurate.”