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In response to former White House strategist Stephen Bannon’s comments that the firing of former FBI director James Comey was the biggest mistake “maybe in modern political history,” the White House said that President Trump is proud of his decision.
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during Tuesday's press briefing said that President Trump was “100 percent right in firing James Comey.”
“The President is proud of the decision that he made,” she said. “The President was 100 percent right in firing James Comey.”
“He knew at the time that it would be bad for him politically,” Sanders continued, “but he also knew that he had an obligation to do what was right for the American people and certainly for the men and women at the FBI.”
She argued that Comey “set his own stage for himself” by leaking memos to the press of his conversations with the President and politicizing the bureau's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.
“Comey by his own self-admission leaked privileged government information,” said Sanders. “Weeks before President Trump fired him, Comey testified that an FBI agent engaged in the same practice, they’d face serious repercussions.
“I think he set his own stage for himself on that front.”
“His actions were improper, likely could have been illegal,” she went on. “Comey leaked memos to the New York Times …, he politicized an investigation by signaling he would exonerate Hillary Clinton before he ever interviewed her or other key witnesses.
“[The President is] very happy with the decision he made and I think he’s been fully vindicated,” she said.
Bannon in a recent interview with “60 Minutes” said that the decision to fire Comey by President Trump was a huge mistake because that led to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel in the Russia investigation.
Trump stood by his decision, especially after it was revealed that Comey leaked his own memos to the press detailing his conversations with the President.
The White House also claims to have new information that proves Comey gave "false testimony," which has "only provided further justification for that firing,” Sanders said at the press briefing on Monday.
When asked whether the Department of Justice should investigate that claim, Sanders said that’s for the DOJ to decide.
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