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Steve Bannon Discusses Everything from Charlottesville to DACA on '60 Minutes'
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13 Sep 2017 01:02 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Steve Bannon (Image Source: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons)

With Steve Bannon no longer on the country's payroll, we can finally find out what he really thinks about some of the big stories to come out of this young administration.

He was interviewed on 60 Minutes over the weekend and gave his thoughts on quite a few topics.

The former chief strategist of the Donald Trump administration didn't expect to drain the "swamp" all that quickly.

"You're not gonna drain that in eight months. You're not gonna drain it in two terms. This is gonna take 10, 15, 20 years of relentlessly going after it," he said.

And that wasn't even the administration's first order of business. They wanted to knock down the Affordable Care Act first.

"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. That's what we're gonna start with Day One. We will have something on your desk by Easter," he explained.

Bannon wasn't even there when the President announced he was getting rid of DACA, but it's still a concern for him anyway.

"I'm worried about losing the House now because of this — of — because of DACA. And my fear is that with this six months down range ... if this goes all the way down to its logical conclusion, in February and March will be a civil war inside the Republican party that will be every bit as vitriolic as 2013," he noted.

According to him, he was the only one who defended Trump's statements after Charlottesville, and he's proud of that.

"I was the only guy that came out and tried to defend him. I was the only guy that said, 'He's talking about something, taking it up to a higher level ... What he was trying to say is that people that support the monument staying there peacefully and people that oppose that, that's the normal course of First Amendment," he said.

It's no surprise that Bannon considers the Russia investigation to be a "waste of time."

He claims, "There's nothing to the Russia investigation. It's a waste of time. It's a total and complete farce. Russian collusion is a farce. ... He criticizes the Russians all the time. He knows the Russians are not good guys. We should be focused on how we bring the Cold War to an end."

Asked if he said that the firing of James Comey was the "biggest mistake in political history." He called the quote too "bombastic" and suggested a more correct statement would be "modern political history."

He makes a direct connection between Comey being fired and Robert Mueller launching his investigation.

"I don't think there's any doubt that if James Comey had not been fired, we would not have a special counsel," he said. "We would not have the Mueller investigation and the breadth that clearly Mr. Mueller is going for."

Bannon didn't really speak of why he left his job as Chief Strategist but did explain how it came about. "I went to General Kelly on August 7th saying, 'My one-year anniversary's coming up.' And in fact, when I went to him on the 7th and said, 'Hey, I am — I'm gonna put in my letter of resignation, and I'm gonna be outta here on the 14th. It'll be one year to the date.'"

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