White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Department of Justice should look into charging former FBI Director James Comey for his actions regarding Hillary Clinton and President Donald Trump.
Give me the context. What exactly did she say?
A few of Sanders’ full quotes about Comey from the Tuesday news briefing:
“His actions were improper and likely could have been illegal. Comey leaked memos to the New York Times.”
“That’s not the president’s role (to decided on charges). That’s the job of the Department of Justice, and something they should certainly look at.”
“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.”
“[Comey] politicized an investigation by signaling he would exonerate Hillary Clinton before he ever interviewed her or other key witnesses.”
What is she talking about?
Comey drafted a statement exonerating Hillary Clinton months before Clinton was interviewed for the FBI investigation, fueling claims that investigation was compromised and politicized in violation of federal law.
He also admitted in congressional testimony to authorizing the leak of a memo detailing conversations Comey had with President Donald Trump. Some of Comey’s personal memos contained classified information.
Did she mean it?
It seems like it. But an unnamed White House official walked back the statements made to Business Insider.
“[Sarah] wasn’t drawing a conclusion,” the official said Tuesday. “She was talking about the president’s decision to end Comey’s employment with the FBI … the legality is something for others to sort out.”