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 attacks Sessions: A 'total disaster' and 'an embarrassment to the great state of Alabama' Mueller rejoins DC law firm Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it 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 TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? 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 PapadopoulosWe need answers to questions mainstream media won't ask about Democrats Trump asked Australian leader to help look into Mueller probe's origins: report US attorney recommends moving forward with charges against McCabe after DOJ rejects his appeal 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 GowdyCNN catches heat for asking candidates about Ellen, Bush friendship at debate The Hill's Morning Report — Arrest of Giuliani associates triggers many questions Trump says Gowdy can't join his legal team 'for a couple months' MORE (R-S.C.), said he saw no evidence in the briefing to support Trump's claim that the FBI spied on his campaign.