Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said in an interview to be broadcast Friday that President Donald Trump should fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein if he did not turn over all documents relating to the Russia probe and an FBI informant to Congress within 24 hours.
"They refused to give these documents to Nunes," Bannon told CNN's Fareed Zakaria, referring to Republican House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes of California.
"I think he ought to be given a direct order," Bannon continued. "Very simple: You turn every document associated with this spy.
"Give whatever the FBI did, whatever the CIA did.
"If he doesn't turn them over — you give him 24 hours — and if he doesn't turn them over, I would fire him," Bannon said.
President Trump has demanded the Justice Department investigate whether the FBI used an informant to infiltrate his 2016 campaign.
Trump has slammed the informant as a "spy" — and Nunes has said U.S. intelligence agencies crossed a "red line" if they planted an informant inside Trump's campaign.
The Justice Department has refused to provide Congress with documents on the Moscow probe, only outlining the investigation to Nunes and selected Republican and Democratic leaders in separate classified briefings that resulted from Trump's attacks.
Bannon told Zakaria that President Trump firing Rosenstein under those circumstances was not obstruction of justice.
"That's giving a law enforcement officer a direct order," he said. "Turn over documents to Capitol Hill — and if he doesn't do it, I would fire him."
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