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Steve Bannon Praises ‘Excellent’ Jeff Sessions, Says Trump ‘Wrong’ on His Recusal

Steve Bannon is publicly defending Attorney General Jeff Sessions from the attacks he’s facing from President Trump.

Trump has––both privately and publicly––fumed about Sessions’ decision to recuse himself in the Russia case. Just this week, the President touted commentary from Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and attorney Joe diGenova saying he’s right to be frustrated at his AG.

Bannon sat down for an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria airing tonight, and at one point the CNN host asked if Trump’s expressed desire that he should’ve picked someone else for AG is correct.

“I think the President is wrong,” Bannon responded, saying he respectfully disagrees with Trump’s conclusion.

He argued that pretty much anyone associated with the Trump campaign (i.e. Rudy Giuliani or Chris Christie) would’ve had to recuse themselves too.

And “even Rudy knew it at the time,” Bannon added.

He also made a point of defending Sessions’ job performance as “excellent,” citing immigration in particular.

Yesterday the AP reported that when Bannon was still at the White House last year, he was part of an effort to stop Trump from firing Sessions:

Days after President Donald Trump deemed Jeff Sessions “beleaguered” and threatened to fire him last July, members of the president’s inner circle made a desperate case to save the attorney general’s job.

The White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, and the president’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, pleaded with Trump during a heated Oval Office meeting to keep Sessions, warning that his dismissal would only pour gasoline on the Russia investigation. And, they said, it could alienate those in Trump’s conservative base, supporters enamored with the attorney general’s tough stances on law enforcement and immigration.

You can watch the clip above, via CNN.

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