White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders joined President Trump on Sunday morning in ripping former FBI Director James Comey.
“James Comey is a self-admitted leaker," Sanders said in an appearance on ABC's "This Week." "The guy knew exactly what he was doing. He thought Hillary Clinton would win. And he thought this would give him some cover," she said.
Comey closed an investigation into Clinton's secret email server and her deletion of more than 30,000 emails from her time as Secretary of State, as well as charges that she improperly handled classified information. But he reopened the probe when classified documents were found on the laptop of Anthony Weiner, the husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Then, he cleared Clinton again just weeks before the 2016 election.
In his new memoir, Comey writes, "I had assumed from media polling that Hillary Clinton was going to win. I have asked myself many times since if I was influenced by that assumption. I don’t know. Certainly not consciously, but I would be a fool to say it couldn’t have had an impact on me. It is entirely possible that, because I was making decisions in an environment where Hillary Clinton was sure to be the next president, my concern about making her an illegitimate president by concealing the restarted investigation bore greater weight than it would have if the election appeared closer or if Donald Trump were ahead in all polls."
Sanders ripped Comey's actions in regard to Clinton.
"He said that he opened the Hillary Clinton investigation on its merits, now we're finding out certainly that it had something to do with the political landscape. I find it outrageously unbelievable that Jim Comey, the man that takes these copious notes and recollects every detail of every conversation that he had can't remember why he would have specifically opened an investigation into a presidential candidate, particularly somebody he thought would become the president," Sanders said.
"He made these decisions based on the political landscape and not on the facts of the case. … And I think that's one of the reasons there is such a huge bipartisan consensus that James Comey doesn't have credibility and shouldn't have been leading the FBI any longer," she said.
Sanders also mocked a clip of Comey saying he didn't consciously think of the political landscape. "And the clip you played just a few minutes ago says, 'I can't be sure. I'm sure that was part of it. I think I thought about it.' I mean, give me a break. The guy knew exactly what he was doing. He thought Hillary Clinton would win. And he thought this would give him some cover. He thought that he made these decisions based on the political landscape and not on the facts of the case."
Asked if the Department of Justice is looking into Comey’s actions, Sanders said, “I'm not aware of a specific ask of the Justice Department, but I do think if they feel there was any wrongdoing, they should certainly look into that just as they do on a number of other topics.”
Sanders was also asked if Trump plans to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. “I'm not aware of any plans to make those movements. Look, the president has been extremely cooperative, as have a number of members of the administration. Everything that's been asked of us we've provided. And we're continuing to be cooperative. But we do have some real concerns with some of the activities and some of the scope that the investigation has gone.”