White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday attacked former FBI chief James Comey and fielded a number of questions about former chief strategist Stephen Bannon.
Bannon, who returned to the far-right news outlet Breitbart after leaving the White House, has recently criticized President Donald Trump for firing Comey. Bannon said on CBS News’ 60 Minutes that Comey’s termination as FBI director was the biggest mistake in political history.
“I think we have been pretty clear what our position is,” Sanders insisted, “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.”
“I think the president has been very clear in his position on that front,” she added. “He is very pleased with the new director.”
Sanders said Trump and Bannon have only had one conversation since Bannon left the White House.
Sanders also refused to say how she and the president felt about Bannon’s recent 60 Minutes interview.
Bannon also said Trump could start a civil war in the GOP by working with Democrats to revive the so-called “Dreamer” program that protects immigrants who were brought into the country illegal as young children.
“I think Steve likes to speak in the most extreme measures. Not sure I agree with that,” Sanders said.
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