(CNSNews.com) - The White House said Monday that President Donald Trump was right to fire former FBI Director James Comey and that new information revealed afterwards provided “further justification” for firing Comey.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to respond to former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon’s statement that Trump made the biggest mistake in modern history by firing former FBI Director James Comey.
“I think that we’ve been pretty clear what our position is, and certainly, I think that it has been shown in the days that followed that the president was right in firing Director Comey since the director’s firing, we’ve learned new information that only provided further justification for that firing, including giving false testimony, leaking privileged information to journalists,” Sanders said.
“He went outside of the chain of command and politicized an investigation into a presidential candidate. I think the president’s been very clear about his position on that front. He’s very pleased with the new director and has full confidence in him to fully restore and lead the FBI,” Sanders added.
Bannon told CBS News’ “60 Minutes” in a portion of the interview that was featured online only that firing Comey was a mistake.
Host Charlie Rose told Bannon that he heard him describe the firing as “the biggest mistake in political history.”
“That probably would be too bombastic, even for me," Bannon said, "but maybe modern political history."
Bannon said the FBI is an institution and changing the head of that institution would not change its approach to the Russian investigation into possible collusion with the Trump campaign. If Comey were still head of the FBI, special prosecutor Robert Mueller would never have been put in charge of the investigation, Bannon said.