Deputy White House Press Secretary Gives Briefing in Wake of Comey Firing

Jenna Warner
May 14, 2017

Yet during Thursday's White House press briefing, after the relevant parts of the interview had been released, Sanders repeatedly dismissed the idea that there were inconsistencies in the White House's timeline leading up to Comey's termination.

The announcement comes amid growing scrutiny from lawmakers and the media over Trump's decision to remove former FBI Director James Comey from office as the bureau investigates potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Democrats were calling for Comey's head last fall after he took another look at the Clinton email investigation, but this week they came to his defense and insinuated Trump fired him because he was pushing to move the Russian Federation investigation further along.

"I think we were absolutely given the information that we could have at that time", said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders of the evolving statements.

"Are you moving so quickly that your communications department can't keep up with you?"

"Look at the facts; the facts don't lie", she said.

Tuesday: "It was all him". No one from the White House.

Trump's threat to scrap pressers came amid a surge in speculation following Trump's surprise dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey. The next day, Ms Sanders said the president asked Mr Rosenstein to put his concerns in writing.

"If Hillary Clinton had won the election - which, thank God, she didn't - but if she had, and she had been in the same position, she would have fired Comey immediately, and the very Democrats that are criticising the president today would be dancing in the streets celebrating". He took the recommendation seriously. "They're the ones that made the recommendation", he said.

But many felt loyalty to Comey and appreciated his independence to both sides of the political aisle, especially with critical comments Trump made about the intelligence community during the campaign and early in his presidency, as well as the former director's efforts to streamline administrative processes.

Sanders already defended the firing in an appearance on Morning Joe Wednesday morning.

Thus, Mr. Spicer had a curt response when one White House journalist asked if he had anything to say to a former Federal Bureau of Investigation official who said Trump is "out of control".

"After Spicer spent several minutes hidden in the darkness and among the bushes near these sets, Janet Montesi, an executive assistant in the press office, emerged and told reporters that Spicer would answer some questions, as long as he was not filmed doing so", the article said.

"I don't think it affects at all in any capacity whatsoever", she told Carlson.

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