I see a Saturday Night Live in Sarah Huckabee Sanders‘ future. She’s had the thankless task of filling in for Sean Spicer and has been spinning bodacious baloney in the process.
In addition to explaining how Trump’s own words contradicted a statement she defended yesterday (on responsibility for firing James Comey), Sanders today had to explain how “legal minds” thought it was just fine for Donald Trump to ask FBI Director James Comey about whether he was under investigation in the Russian probe. Justice Department protocols warn against communication with the president on matters concerning the president. Duh. From Talking Points Memo:
Comey has never said that he told the President he wasn’t under investigation, and one unnamed associate of Comey’s told the Wall Street Journal Wednesday that Trump’s claim that Comey told him he wasn’t under investigation was “literally farcical.”
“Why is it appropriate if that’s not consistent with the guidelines at the Justice Department to avoid that very encounter?” Garrett asked.
“We’ve talked to — again, several legal scholars have weighed in on this and said there was nothing wrong with the President asking that question,” Sanders responded.
“So the Justice Department should change their protocol?” Garrett asked.
“I haven’t seen their protocol. I’m only speaking to the information I have — ” Sanders said.
“Is that what you think, or the President thinks?” Garrett interjected.
“No, it’s not what I think,” she said, noting television pundits’ analyses of Trump’s admission after the interview excerpt aired Thursday afternoon. She didn’t name anyone who supported her argument.
“I’m not an attorney. I don’t even play one on TV, but what I can tell you is what I’ve heard from legal minds and people that actually are attorneys and that’s their opinion, so I have to trust the justice system on that fact, too,” she said.
Sanders also has claimed she’s talked to FBI sources who supported the firing of Comey. More White House meddling in the FBI investigative process?