Bannon: Rosenstein should turn over docs on FBI informant
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Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon says in a new interview that Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinTrump turns his ire toward Cabinet members Ex-deputy attorney general says Justice Dept. 'will ignore' Trump's threats against political rivals The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump's erratic tweets upend stimulus talks; COVID-19 spreads in White House MORE should be forced to hand over documents related to the FBI's use of a top-secret informant to meet with advisers to President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE's campaign.

If Rosenstein declines to hand over the documents after being ordered to do so, Bannon said, he should be fired.

"You turn over every document, and if he doesn't turn it over, you give him 24 hours. If he doesn't turn it over, I would fire him, and that's not obstruction of justice," Bannon told CNN in an interview set to air on Sunday.

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"That's giving a law enforcement officer a direct order to turn over documents to Capitol Hill, and if he doesn't do it, I would fire him," he said. 

Trump and his allies have claimed in recent weeks that the FBI planted a spy in his campaign, and have sought records related to the use of the top-secret source, who has been identified in media reports as American academic Stefan Halper.

No evidence has emerged that the FBI improperly spied on Trump's campaign. Halper reportedly met with three campaign advisers in 2016 – George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosFlynn spurs questions of who Trump might pardon next Not treason, not a crime — but definitely a gross abuse of power Tale of two FBI cases: Clinton got warned, Trump got investigated MORE, Carter Page and Sam Clovis.

In an interview with the BBC last week, Bannon, who left the White House in August, predicted that Rosenstein would be dismissed "very shortly."

Rosenstein is charged with overseeing the special counsel investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

A select group of lawmakers met last week with top Justice Department officials to discuss the FBI's use of the informant. One of those lawmakers, Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyThe Hunter Biden problem won't go away Sunday shows preview: Joe Biden wins the 2020 election Sunday shows preview: Election integrity dominates as Nov. 3 nears MORE (R-S.C.), said he saw no evidence in the briefing to support Trump's claim that the FBI spied on his campaign.