Sarah Huckabee Sanders admits Trump fired Comey to end Russia probe
During Thursday’s combative briefing, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a curiously frank statement regarding the motivations behind President Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director James Comey. In the wake of Trump admitting that he was going to fire “showboat” Comey, “regardless” of DOJ nomination, Sanders also told the press corps that the administration hopes it will end the investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election.
“We want this to come to its conclusion, we want it to come to its conclusion with integrity,” Sanders said in regard to the bureau’s Russia investigation. “And we think that we’ve actually, by removing Director Comey, taken steps to make that happen.”
Sanders said that her boss would “love nothing more for this investigation to continue to its completion.”
Sanders: By removing James Comey, we've taken steps to end the Russia investigation "with integrity" https://t.co/sUl65pmrgA
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Sanders first made this point when she appeared on Fox News on Tuesday night after news of Comey’s termination broke to insist that “it’s time to move on” from Russia. It was certainly a convenient time to “move on” considering that Comey was shitcanned after asking the Department of Justice for more resources and personnel to devote to the investigation into Russian meddling. According to Wall Street Journal, Comey was stepping up the investigation because he found evidence of possible collusion between the Russia and the Trump campaign.
In any case, Sanders basically said that the president fired Comey in order to end an active investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and a hostile foreign power.
That’s illegal, in case anyone was wondering.