Sarah Sanders flips out on 'disgraced partisan hack' James Comey during White House press briefing
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Screenshot)

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday berated former FBI director James Comey as "a liar and a leaker."

President Donald Trump's top spokesperson insisted firing Comey was the right thing to do. She said his new book "belongs in the bargain bin of the fiction section."

"Comey will forever be known as a disgraced partisan hack that broke his sacred trust with the president of the United States," Sanders said. "One of the president's great achievements will go down as firing James Comey."

She later insisted Trump had respect for law enforcement and the rule of law, despite the president making public criticisms of his own Department of Justice nominees.

Sanders also attacked the media for allegedly "praising" Comey and "propping him up."

"We shouldn't be praising him we should be putting him down," she added. "We should be taking him off of air."

Before the press briefing, Trump had attacked Comey as an "untruthful slime ball" over his new book. Comey compared Trump to a mob boss and said Trump asked him whether Russians did have a video tape of him in a hotel room with prostitutes.