White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Monday that Trump is perplexed that Comey is receiving so much attention for what she characterized as a "revisionist" version of his limited interactions with her boss.
Conway also appeared to suggest Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe "swung" the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favor.
This article has been updated to include Conway's tweet explaining that her comment that Comey swung the 2016 election was meant as sarcasm. All very freaky stuff.
Her comments came the morning after Comey, in his first televised interview since being fired past year, said that he believed Trump was "morally unfit" to be president and recounted several meetings with the him, including one in which Comey says Trump asked for his loyalty.
"He thought the wrong person would win", Conway said. "I don't remember spelling it out, but it had to have been, that she's going to be elected president and if I hide this from the American people, she'll be illegitimate the moment she's elected, the moment this comes out".
Dan Scavino, who is an assistant to the president and director of social media, is the longest-tenured Trump employee in the White House, noted a sprawling profile of the man published by The New York Times Magazine on Monday.
In case you didn't follow, here's what Conway said: "This guy swung an election".
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She found the coverage of her words misleading there too.
He is the architect behind numerous president's tweets, often tapping out 280 characters while Trump dictates, and previously served as an unofficial photographer during the campaign. "I don't think so".
Days before the election, Trump argued it "took guts" for Comey to "make the move that he made in light of the kind of opposition that he had where they're trying to protect her from criminal prosecution". Why not run out of the Oval Office and say, 'Hey attorney general, vice president - come back!'?
Remember, too, that when Trump first fired Comey in 2017, one of the White House's initial defenses of the firing was because of how Comey mishandled the Clinton investigation, though Trump himself would later admit the Russian Federation investigation played a role.
Comey admitted in a sweeping interview that aired Sunday night that he thought Clinton would win the 2016 election.
Trump continued that Comey, recently fired Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and other "disgruntled" employees "committed many crimes!"