On Tuesday, the White House suggested that The Department of Justice should consider prosecuting James Comey for his “improper” actions while serving as FBI director.
Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, argued during the daily press briefing that Comey’s actions as FBI director “were improper and likely could have been illegal.”
When asked if President Trump wants the Department of Justice to prosecute Comey, Sanders said that’s “something they should certainly look at.”
Sanders said the former FBI director “politicized an investigation by signaling he would exonerate Hillary Clinton before he ever interviewed her or other key witnesses.”
This is referencing recent allegations that Comey drafted an “exoneration statement” for Clinton weeks before interviewing her during the investigation into her email server.
Sanders also mentioned that Comey, “by his own admission, leaked privileged government information.”
During a June congressional hearing, Comey admitted that he authorized the leaking of a memo about his conversations with the president to the New York Times.
“I think if there’s ever a moment where we feel someone’s broken the law, particularly if they’re the head of the FBI, then I think that’s something [that] certainly should be looked at,” she said.
Her comments were in response to former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who told CBS News’ “60 Minutes” that Trump’s decision to fire Comey was perhaps the worst mistake in “modern political history” because it paved the way for the special counsel’s Russia investigation.
Sanders responded, saying Trump still stands by his decision to fire Comey.
“The President is proud of the decision that he made,” Sanders said Tuesday. “The President was 100 percent right in firing James Comey. He knew at the time it could be bad for him politically, but he also knew and felt he had an obligation to do what was right.”
She added: “He’s very happy with the decision he’s made and I think he’s been fully vindicated.”
On Monday, Sanders accused Comey of giving “false testimony,” though she did not specify what testimony she was citing.