White House press secretary Sarah Sanders did not hold back when asked about Steve Bannon’s claim that President Donald Trump was wrong to fire James Comey on Monday.
“I think we have been pretty clear what our position is,” a snarky Sarah Sanders insisted, before launching it an all-out smearing of Comey.
She continued on: “And certainly I think that has been shown in the days that followed, that the president was right in firing director Comey. Since the director’s firing, we’ve learned new information about his conduct that only provided further justification for that firing, including giving false testimony, leaking privileged information to journalists, he went outside the chain of command and politicized an investigation into a presidential candidate.”
For the record, the White House position on the firing of Comey has hardly been “pretty clear” with Trump offering more than one reason for firing Comey, including the initial claim that he followed the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Sanders — then deputy press secretary — later contradicted that story by saying it was Trump’s idea and “the president had lost … confidence in Director Comey and frankly he’d been considering letting Director Comey go since the day he was elected” and then had to play clean-up when Trump’s story changed again.