White House defends decision to fire Comey after Bannon interview


White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday pushed back on a report that some of the lawyers on President Donald Trump's outside legal team handling the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election wanted Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner to step down.

Sanders said Trump still believes he was "100% right" to nix Comey.

Sanders was referring to the memos Comey wrote that detailed his conversations and interactions with Trump, at least one of which he leaked to The New York Times via a middleman.

Sanders' comments were in reference to new allegations that Comey drafted an exoneration letter for Hillary Clinton prior to interviewing the former secretary of state about her use of a private email server.

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The White House on Tuesday said the Justice Department should consider a criminal prosecution of former FBI Director James Comey, claiming he had leaked privileged information to the press and offered false testimony to Congress. "And I think it is pretty clear to all of America".

"I was running a traditional presidential campaign with carefully thought-out policies and painstakingly built coalitions, while Trump was running a reality TV show that expertly and relentlessly stoked Americans' anger and resentment".

"Whether or not he's going to read Hillary Clinton's book, I am not sure, but I would think that he's pretty well-versed on what happened", she told reporters. She said legal action should be considered for what she described as Comey's fireable actions.