While Steve Bannon's “60 Minutes” interview made news before it even aired (albeit a story that then got disputed) thanks to preview clips on other CBS News programs, there was still more to come when the whole segment aired on Sunday.
Most notably, the former White House chief strategist had a damning assessment of one of the president's biggest decisions so far.
Charlie Rose asked Bannon if he was “in favor of" then-FBI Director James Comey being fired, to which the latter initially replied that "it's been reported in the media that I was adamantly opposed to that." He hedged further, saying, "I don’t want to talk about private conversations about [that],” but Rose pressed on.
“In this case, the media was right?” he asked, but Bannon was still evasive, saying that Washington is “a city of institutions, not individuals,” with the FBI being one of them.
“I don't believe that the institutional logic of the FBI, and particularly in regards to an investigation, could possibly be changed by changing out the head of it,” he added.
Asked next if he was in favor of the firing, Bannon said that Rose and the viewers “would have to find that out through the media or the investigation.” Rose asked about the investigation: Would we have special counsel Robert Mueller if President Donald Trump hadn't fired Comey?
“I don't think there's any doubt that if James Comey had not been fired, we would not have a special counsel, yes,” Bannon replied.
He added that “we would not have the Mueller investigation in the breadth that, clearly, Mr. Mueller is going in,” as well as that he doesn't think Mueller should be fired and that he had not heard of White House discussions about doing so.
“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,” Rose said next.
“That probably would be too bombastic even for me,” Bannon responded, “but maybe modern political history.” Rose then repeated said assertion that it was “the biggest mistake in modern political history.”
“If you're saying that that's associated with me, then I'll leave it at that,” Bannon said.
Watch the clip below, via CBS.