White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Trump was “100% right” to fire former FBI Director James Comey, adding the bureau chief “leaked privileged government information” and that his actions were likely “illegal.”
Huckabee Sanders was speaking with reporters during a White House press briefing when she was asked if the President’s decision to remove the embattled FBI director was a “mistake.”
“Is the President aware that Steve Bannon described firing James Comey as the biggest mistake in modern political history?” asked one reporter.
“Whether he is or not, I think that everybody knows exactly where the President stands on that issue. The President is proud of the decision that he made. The President was 100% right in firing James Comey. He knew at the time that it could be bad for him politically, but he also felt he had an obligation to do what’s right for the American people and certainly the men and women at the FBI,” said Sanders.
“Comey by his own-self admission leaked privileged government information. Weeks before President Trump fired him, Comey testified that if an FBI agent engaged in the same practice they’d face serious repercussions,” she added.
“His actions were improper and likely could have been illegal. 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,” said the Press Secretary.
“He’s very happy with the decision he made. I think he’s been fully vindicated by a lot of those new things and knowing that it was the right one,” she added.
Watch Sarah Huckabee Sanders speak with reporters above.