CNN’s Acosta Battles Sarah Sanders Over McCabe Leaving: Trump Applied Pressure on Him for Months


Shortly before today’s White House press briefing, it was reported that Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe would be stepping down from his position earlier than expected. Considering that President Donald Trump has criticized McCabe over the past few months and there’s been a concerted effort by Trump loyalists to discredit McCabe, it was obvious that this news would dominate this afternoon’s presser.

After telling reporters that the White House wasn’t involved in McCabe’s ouster but that the president stands behind his criticisms of the now-ex deputy director, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was pressed further on the issue by CNN’s Jim Acosta.

Acosta asked the press secretary about the constant pressure Trump has placed on the FBI and Justice Department pretty much from the minute Trump entered the White House, stating that it sounds like “multiple officials are being pressured by the White House.”

“I would say what I have said probably a hundred times before and continue to say a hundred times today that the White House has been fully cooperative and will continue to be fully cooperative,” Sanders responded. “In fact, we have gone above and beyond many times and certainly done everything we could.”

The CNN correspondent shot back, asking her about the notion that “the president has been applying pressure for months.”

Sanders replied with the following:

“The only thing the president applied pressure to is to get it resolved so you guys and everyone else can focus on the things Americans actually care about. Making sure everybody gets the Russia fever out of their system once and for all, that you are all reminded once again there was no collusion, and that we can move forward to focus on things like national security, the economy, solving the immigration crisis that is within our country.”

Acosta wanted to know if this meant there was no obstruction of justice or anything improper regarding the Russia probe, leading Sanders to state that the White House has done nothing of that sort and they “have been clear on that.”

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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