White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says former FBI Director Comey 'circumvented the chain of command' which ultimately led President Trump to fire FBI Director James Comey. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday called the way that FBI Director James Comey handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as "atrocities in circumventing the chain of command." "I think having a letter like the one that he received and having that kind of information that kind of outlined the basic atrocities in circumventing the chain of command in the Department of Justice...that was the final catalyst, " Sanders said. When asked what changed since the time Trump back in October when he was the Republican nominee applauded Comey when he re-opened the Clinton investigation, Sanders said it was because his position changed from being a candidate to being the president. Trump, who met Russia's foreign minister at the White House on Wednesday, defended his decision the day before to abruptly fire Comey from a law-enforcement post he had held since 2013. Trump's firing of Comey on Tuesday stunned Washington and plunged the president deeper into controversy.