The former White House chief strategist has proposed a way to end the probe
Bannon has reportedly pitched a plan to allies in Congress and senior White House aides
Mueller is handling the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential elections
WASHINGTON, U.S. - With the Special Counsel Robert Mueller intensifying his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections, with a separate line of inquiry into whether the U.S. President Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice - now, a former Trump loyalist has a solution.
According to a report in The Washington Post, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has a plot to put an end to the probe into possible collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia.
Citing four people familiar with the conversations, the report stated that Bannon had pitched his plan to end the investigation to allies in Congress and senior White House aides.
The report stated that Bannon is suggesting the White House stop cooperating with Mueller and fire the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing Mueller's investigation.
The report further quoted Bannon as saying that executive privilege "should be exerted immediately and retroactively.”
He argued that this would create "a new legal battleground" for Trump to "protect himself from the investigation.”
However, so far, there have been no confirmed signs that Trump is considering Bannon's advice.
Th report also noted that some Trump advisors fear that Bannon's suggestions could lead to mass resignations at the Justice Department.
Earlier this week, after FBI agents carried out raids on the home and office of Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen, rumors of the President’s possible intentions to fire Mueller before a face to face interview emerged again.
Further, the White House even asserted that the president has the authority to fire the special counsel.
Reports also stated that since FBI’s raid into Cohen’s residence, Trump has heatedly discussed firing Mueller and is also believed to be deliberating firing Rosenstein.
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