"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!" Trump exclaimed in writing. "Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???"
Three question marks? That's like 'very, very, very.'
In response to a private dinner conversation between Trump and Comey as reported by The New York Times, Trump warned the former FBI director: "James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that Trump fired Comey after he received a written recommendation (written the same day as the firing) from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as well as a letter from Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Rosenstein memo citied Comey's mishandling of Hillary Clinton's private illegal email server as the main reason for his termination.
"That was a DoJ decision," Spicer said.
Then Vice President Pence got into the act as he spoke at the Capitol on Wednesday and also pointed to Rosenstein and Sessions for the firing.
"Let me be very clear that the President's decision to accept the recommendation of the deputy attorney general and the attorney general to remove Director Comey as the head of the FBI was based solely and exclusively on his commitment to the best interests of the American people and to ensuring that the FBI has the trust and confidence of the people of this nation," Pence said.
Then Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders got into the act saying that the president was merely following the guidance of his top advisers.
"I think it's real simple," Sanders told MSNBC. "The Deputy Attorney General . . . made a very strong recommendation. The president followed it and he made a quick and decisive action to fire James Comey."
And finally came the spoiler, President Trump himself. In an interview with NBC, he said that Comey was a "showboat" and "grandstander." He then claimed that he had made up his mind to fire Comey long ago, no matter what Rosenstein and Sessions told him.
"I was going to fire regardless of recommendation," Trump said rather ungrammatically.
Trump's interview aired less than an hour before Sanders led the White House press briefing, with reporters upset that what they were led to believe on Wednesday was not what Trump said on Thursday. She denied the information she received was inaccurate and claimed the narratives matched closely and added that the White House wasn't trying to blame Rosenstein for Comey's firing.
Fodder for the Democratic machine. The leftists want a thorough review of what happened.
It is totally the president's prerogative to fire an FBI director--it was done before, by Bill Clinton, no less. Although they are to serve for ten years, they serve at the pleasure of the president in office.
Simply put, the Democrats are trying to make something out of nothing, other than Trump being Trump.
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