‘Shouldn’t be Such a Complicated Process’: Huckabee Sanders Lectures Press on Comey Coverage


Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders filled in for Sean Spicer again Thursday, and responded to questions about the administration’s controversial dismissal of FBI director James Comey by lecturing reporters on their coverage.

Faced with a barrage of questioning concerning the White House’s timeline for firing Comey, as well as the ever-changing explanation as to why the FBI director was dismissed, Sanders said: “I think instead of getting so lost in the process — did this happen at 12:01 or 12:02, did he fire him because he wore a red tie or a blue tie — he fired him because he was not fit to do the job. It’s that simple.”

When Comey’s dismissal was first announced, spokespeople for the administration pinned the decision on a memo written by deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein blasting Comey for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

This explanation for why President Donald Trump — who has repeatedly praised Comey for going after Clinton — would fire the FBI director obviously did not stand up to much scrutiny.

Then, on Tuesday night, Kellyanne Conway told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that the dismissal “nothing to do with the campaign of six months ago,” but “everything to do with the performance of the FBI director since the president has been in the White House.” And during a meeting with Henry Kissinger at the White House Wednesday, Trump said Comey was fired because he “was not doing a good job.”

But then Sanders herself told reporters during her Wednesday briefing that Trump had been thinking of firing Comey since election day in November. This is of course starkly at odds with comments from Trump commending the FBI director since the election.

These shifting explanations from the White House, paired with countless reports in the media undermining the administrations messaging, have added fuel to an already smoky controversy.

Nonetheless, Sanders told reporters Thursday that “this shouldn’t be a complicated process. The president knew that director Comey was not up to the task.”

She said “he wanted somebody that could bring credibility back to the FBI that had been lost over the last several months.”

“I don’t think that the back and forth makes that much difference,” she added.

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