- The child of a White House reporter visiting the press briefing room as part of Take Your Child to Work Day asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders why President Donald Trump fired former James Comey as FBI director.
- Sanders told the child that Trump fired Comey because “he did some things that weren’t really very nice.”
- Trump’s firing of Comey remains one of the most controversial moments of his presidency thus far.
The child of a White House reporter visiting the press briefing room as part of Take Your Child to Work Day asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders a tough question on Thursday: Why did President Donald Trump fire former James Comey as FBI director?
Sanders replied, “He did some things that weren’t really very nice, so that’s why the president let him go.”
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 26, 2018
Trump’s dismissal of Comey, which occurred in May 2017, remains one of the most controversial moments of his presidency thus far.
Comey was spearheading an investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia when he was fired. Trump justified his decision by citing Comey’s mishandling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. This assertion was met with scepticism, however, given that many feel Comey’s actions in that investigation ultimately helped Trump win the election.
Memos written by Comey during his tenure as FBI director were recently released to Congress, which has enraged the president.
The memos contain details surrounding private conversations Trump had with Comey. On Saturday, Trump tweeted, “James Comey’s Memos are Classified, I did not Declassify them. They belong to our Government! Therefore, he broke the law! Additionally, he totally made up many of the things he said I said, and he is already a proven liar and leaker. Where are Memos on Clinton, Lynch & others?”
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