Stephen Bannon is allegedly pitching a plan to the White House aimed at crippling Robert Mueller’s Russia probe and protecting Donald Trump, it has been revealed.
Bannon has been meeting with aides to discuss Mueller’s Special Counsel, which sent shockwaves through the West Wing after raiding the home and offices of Trump’s longtime lawyer.
Sources say Bannon first wants Trump to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to the Washington Post.
Rosenstein signed off on the warrant to raid Michael Cohen’s offices and home, a decision that has enraged the president this week.
Bannon also wants aides to encourage Trump to stop cooperating with Mueller’s counsel by providing information and allowing staff to sit for interviews.
The former White House chief strategist believes that Trump should assert executive privilege and argue that Mueller’s past interviews with his officials are ‘null and void’.
‘It was a strategic mistake to turn over everything without due process, and executive privilege should be exerted immediately and retroactively,’ he told the Post.
Trump has spent much of the last week lashing out at Mueller and his counsel, but it remains unclear if he’d take the advice of Bannon – who he once claimed had ‘lost his mind’.
‘If you say his name in front of the president, it’s not a pretty sight,’ a senior administration official said of Bannon.
‘The president really goes off about him.’
Meanwhile, Trump’s longtime friend Roger Stone is urging the president to hold off on firing Mueller – although he also believes both Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions needs to go.
‘I actually think from a political point of view that the termination of Mr Mueller would probably give the Democrats the firestorm they’re looking for,’ he told ABC News.
‘I’m not recommending the firing of Mr Mueller, but I am recommending a housecleaning at his Justice Department.’