On Tuesday night, appearing with Tucker Carlson on Fox News, White House deputy press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, told Fox News that "it's time to move on" from the investigations revolving around Donald Trump or his campaign’s ties to Russia.
Carlson launched into the dialogue by referring to the firing of FBI Director James Comey: “Sum it up for us. Why was he fired today?”
Look, I think it’s real simple. Director Comey had lost the confidence of the rank-and-file within the FBI; he’d certainly, I think, lost the confidence from members of both sides, Republicans and Democrats and the House and the Senate, and frankly, most importantly, Tucker, he’d lost the confidence of the American people. This was a guy who was being questioned day after day after day whether or not he was capable of leading the FBI. I think we saw, based on his testimony last week, he no longer was, and the President was presented with a pretty clear and direct and very strong recommendation by the Deputy Attorney General, who a lot of people probably don’t know, but the FBI Director actually reports to the Deputy Attorney General. That deputy made the recommendation; the President made a swift and decisive action and let Director Comey go.
After a back-and-forth about the method used to inform Comey that he had been fired and a further discussion of the motives Trump had for firing him, Carlson asked, “So a lot of the analysis concerns the Russia investigation. How will the firing of Comey affect that?”
I don’t think it affects it at all in any capacity whatsoever. You’ve still got the same people that would be carrying out that, whether it’s the Department of Justice. That process continues both I believe in the House and Senate committees. I don’t see any change or disruption there. But I think the bigger point on that is, my gosh Tucker, when are they going to let that go? It's been going on for nearly a year. Frankly, it's kind of getting absurd. There's nothing there. We've heard that time and time again. We heard it in the testimonies earlier this week. We've heard it for the last 11 months. There is no 'there' there. It's time to move on, and, frankly, it's time to focus on the things the American people care about.
Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee in March that the FBI was still at the start of the counterintelligence investigation into Russia's election interference and the Trump campaign’s possible involvement.
Video below, starting at 37:45