(National Sentinel)Â The Swamp:Â President Donald J. Trumpâ€™s one-time chief strategist, Steve Bannon, noted in an interview with â€œ60 Minutesâ€™â€ Charlie Rose on Sunday that his former bossâ€™ biggest legislative obstacles in Washington are members of the Republican establishment.
â€œThe Republican establishment is trying to nullify the 2016 election. Thatâ€™s a brutal fact we have to face,â€ said Bannon, who is once again heading up Breitbart News, in his first interview since leaving the West Wing.
He also had little good to say about House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
Bannon said during a meeting at Trump Tower shortly after Trump won the November 8 election, McConnell tried to convince the incoming team that talk of â€œdraining the swampâ€ had to end.
â€œMitch McConnell when we first met him â€¦ he basically says, â€˜donâ€™t want to hear any more of this â€œdrain the swampâ€ talk,â€™â€ said Bannon. â€œIn the 48 hours after we won, thereâ€™s a fundamental decision that was made. You might call it the original sin of the administration. We embraced the establishment. â€¦ Because you had to staff a government.â€
As for Ryan, Bannon faulted him and McConnell for failing to get an Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill to Trumpâ€™s desk for signature.
â€œThe plan was to do Obamacare because, remember, Paul Ryan and these guys come in and said, â€˜Weâ€™ve done this for seven years. Weâ€™ve voted on this 50 times.â€™ â€¦ There is wide discrepancy in the Republican Party, as we know today, now that weâ€™re in it. But I will tell you, leadership didnâ€™t know it at the time. They didnâ€™t know it till the very end,â€ he said.
On the issue of the Russian â€œcollusionâ€ narrative that was cooked up by Democrats, their allies in the media, and even latched onto by some Republicans, Bannon said it was nothing but a side show. â€œThereâ€™s nothing to the Russia investigation. Itâ€™s a waste of time. â€¦ I think itâ€™s far from conclusive that the Russians had any impact on this election,â€ he said.
Calling it â€œthe biggest mistake in [modern] political history,â€ the former chief strategist said had Trump not let Comey go, there wouldnâ€™t be a special prosecutor probing the presidentâ€™s finances today.
â€œI donâ€™t think thereâ€™s any doubt that if James Comey had not been fired, we would not have a special counsel, yes,â€ he told Rose.
Breitbart noted further:
Bannon described [Special Counsel Robert] Muellerâ€™s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections and whether there was any collusion with the Trump campaign as â€œdirectionallyâ€ very different from when Comey was leading it.
â€œWe would not have the Mueller investigation. We would not have the Mueller investigation and the breadth that, clearly, Mr. Mueller is going for,â€ he said. (Related: Bannon: Trump not fooled by Russians, knows theyâ€™re â€˜not goodÂ guys.â€™)
Bannon also spoke frankly about immigration, and what the media and most everyone in Washington â€œgets wrongâ€ about it.
â€œIâ€™m worried about losing the House now because of this â€“ because of DACA â€¦Â it will be a civil war inside the Republican party that will be every bit as vitriolic as 2013,â€ he said in regards to Trumpâ€™s decision to toss out President Obamaâ€™s executive order authorizing the program, very likely unconstitutionally.
Too many Republicans are in favor of keeping it, which he thinks will bode ill for them at the ballot box in 2018.
As for immigration in general, Bannon told Rose, â€œYou couldnâ€™t be more dead wrong [about immigration]. America was built on her citizens,â€ he said.
â€œWhat built Americaâ€¦called the American system, from Hamilton to Polk to Henry Clay to Lincoln to the Roosevelts. A system of protection of our manufacturing, financial system that lends to manufacturers, okay, and the control of our borders.â€
He also said, like Trump, heâ€™s a â€œstreet fighter.â€
This story originally appeared at Trump.news.
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