White House defends Trump's decision to fire FBI chief

14 May, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Van Morton
  • Sean Spicer the White House press secretary speaks with reporters about the firing of FBI Director James Comey as he walks into the West Wing of the White House

Spicer refused to say later Friday whether Trump recorded his conversations with Comey.

"Isn't it inappropriate to ask the FBI director if he's under investigation?".

"The President has nothing further to add on that", Spicer said on Friday multiple times in his first briefing since Comey's firing, refusing to say any more beyond characterising the tweet as "not a threat".

The White House would not confirm or deny if there are listening devices in the Oval Office.

White House briefings and news conferences provide both "substantive and symbolic opportunities" for journalists to question government officials, said Jeff Mason, White House correspondent for Reuters and president of the White House Correspondents Association. And, according to CNN's source, the White House was blindsided, and didn't anticipate the photos would go public.

The White House also shifted its stance on whether Comey's termination had anything to do with the Russian Federation investigation, at first saying it was not linked.

Sanders also said that she does not think Comey's firing will have any affect on the ongoing investigations.

During the interview, Trump said there's an "incredible" level of hostility from reporters toward Press Secretary Sean Spicer and his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

"Any investigation that was taking place Monday was taking place today", Sanders said, suggesting that was an indication that Comey's firing would not impact the ongoing probe.

On Wednesday, during a briefing for which she once again received relatively high marks from observers, Sanders was asked if the president had chose to fire Comey before he receiving a recommendation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that she do so.

This week has seen not only a near-constitutional crisis, but also a cataclysmic communications disaster after the president fired FBI Director James Comey, who had been investigating whether the president's associates had colluded with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Tuesday: "It was all him". The president, a devoted viewer of coverage about himself, has given several interviews, most recently to NBC News' Lester Holt on Thursday, although he has favored Fox News' friendlier venue.

Initially the White House cited a Justice Department memo criticizing Comey's handling of last year's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails as the impetus for Trump's decision.

Trump has claimed that Comey informed him three times that he was not personally being investigated as part of the FBI's probe.

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