Bannon pushing Trump to take action on Mueller


Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon is pressing President Trump to curb special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s election interference, according to a Politico report.

Bannon, who currently serves as the executive chair of Breitbart News, has reportedly pushed Trump to defund Mueller’s investigation as a way to restrain Mueller’s probe without having to actually fire him.

According to Politico, Trump considered the idea of ousting Mueller, who was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in May after Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey, shortly after Mueller took over the Russia investigation, but ultimately decided against it.

CNN’s Dana Bash also said late Monday that she had been told that Bannon was pushing Trump to take more aggressive action against the special counsel, including withholding documents requested by investigators.

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