STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

WaPo: Bannon pitching plan to WH on what Trump should do in Russia probe

Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist, is trying to pitch a Russia probe response strategy t...

Posted: Apr 12, 2018 11:37 AM
Updated: Apr 12, 2018 11:37 AM

Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist, is trying to pitch a Russia probe response strategy to White House aides and congressional allies despite Trump's dismissal of him, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The Post, citing four people, said Bannon's plan includes having Trump fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who named Robert Mueller to be special counsel, as well as having Trump stop cooperating with Mueller and invoke executive privilege in an attempt to render interviews by Mueller's team with White House officials "null and void."

"It was a strategic mistake to turn over everything without due process, and executive privilege should be exerted immediately and retroactively," Bannon told the paper.

CNN reported on Tuesday that Trump is considering firing Rosenstein.

A source familiar with discussions regarding the Mueller probe told CNN Trump is still upset over the raid of his personal attorney Michael Cohen and that he hasn't had time to study the details of the raid or listen to his advisers, including his legal team, while he is grappling with Syria. The source said Trump could still sit down for an interview with Mueller, but that "both sides need to keep their powder dry."

The source pushed back on the approach advocated by Bannon, insisting the President's legal team has been firm with the special counsel's office.

'Sloppy Steve' tries to find receptive ears in Washington

Bannon's effort to sell his strategy comes in spite of the White House's extensive disavowal of the former White House chief strategist.

Trump in January nicknamed Bannon "sloppy Steve" and the White House in a statement excoriated him in a statement after a book about the Trump White House included quotes attributed to Bannon denigrating Trump.

At the time, Bannon left his position leading the far-right website Breitbart and resurfaced overseas in March, cheering on right-wing efforts in Europe.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 479326

Reported Deaths: 9353
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison32779484
Hinds30924582
DeSoto30319353
Jackson23542341
Rankin21235366
Lee14803219
Madison14120271
Jones13327223
Forrest13078236
Lauderdale11501303
Lowndes10377176
Lamar10163130
Pearl River9008217
Lafayette8193137
Hancock7404111
Oktibbeha6909122
Washington6900150
Monroe6459159
Neshoba6441201
Warren6387163
Pontotoc623093
Panola6203125
Bolivar6072144
Marshall6068121
Union571386
Pike5574135
Alcorn533289
Lincoln5283131
George466072
Scott454796
Leflore4444140
Prentiss443377
Tippah442180
Itawamba441599
Adams4376116
Tate4327101
Simpson4313112
Wayne430766
Copiah429587
Yazoo419686
Covington413292
Sunflower4123104
Marion4073104
Leake395486
Coahoma391098
Newton367274
Grenada3543104
Stone350359
Tishomingo333288
Attala324286
Jasper313162
Winston303091
Clay294173
Chickasaw286265
Clarke279890
Calhoun263940
Holmes261387
Smith248048
Yalobusha219647
Tallahatchie217550
Walthall209958
Greene206845
Lawrence205732
Perry198553
Amite197651
Webster195042
Noxubee177739
Montgomery171654
Jefferson Davis167442
Carroll161437
Tunica150834
Benton141533
Kemper138039
Claiborne126134
Choctaw126026
Humphreys125937
Franklin116328
Quitman103426
Wilkinson101536
Jefferson87333
Sharkey62320
Issaquena1926
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 778549

Reported Deaths: 13665
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1105871747
Mobile704651206
Madison49152610
Baldwin35946479
Shelby35796302
Tuscaloosa33410532
Montgomery32906672
Lee22231216
Calhoun20791397
Morgan19605326
Etowah18837449
Marshall17465272
Houston16452368
St. Clair15233293
Limestone14376182
Cullman14348246
Elmore14241256
Lauderdale13298278
Talladega12699230
DeKalb12036233
Walker10430323
Autauga9568133
Blount9555152
Jackson9235146
Coffee8728169
Colbert8426179
Dale8410170
Escambia6526114
Tallapoosa6501172
Covington6396163
Chilton6293141
Russell598555
Franklin5719100
Chambers5315133
Marion4734115
Dallas4665182
Clarke457076
Pike456294
Geneva4315116
Winston417192
Lawrence4086108
Bibb401680
Barbour341968
Marengo323183
Butler314988
Monroe314652
Pickens300470
Randolph299955
Henry298356
Hale289383
Cherokee284652
Fayette275672
Washington244848
Crenshaw235168
Clay225163
Macon217657
Cleburne217149
Lamar192140
Conecuh179646
Lowndes170158
Coosa166432
Wilcox155736
Bullock147742
Perry136036
Sumter124136
Greene120142
Choctaw72826
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 70°
Columbus
Partly Cloudy
72° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 72°
Oxford
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 70°
Starkville
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 70°
Canadian high pressure will continue to build into our area over the next few days. This will bring into our area some of the coolest air of the season so far. Some folks will see overnight lows down into the middle to upper 40s.
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather