Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee appeared on This Week and talked about an FBI report on a connection between the Trump campaign and Russia in the run up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Huckabee also commented on President Donald Trump's decision to not attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner this year. She said it is naive to pretend that there is not tension and there is no reason for him to act like it would just be another Saturday night.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, THIS WEEK: We also heard from a key Republican member of Congress this week, Darrell Issa, who said that the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, must recuse himself from this Russian investigation.
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REP. DARRELL ISSA (R), CALIFORNIA: You cannot have somebody, a friend of mine, Jeff Sessions, who was on the campaign and who is an appointee. You're going to need to use the special prosecutors statute and office to take not just to recuse -- that's -- you can't just give it to your deputy. That's another political appointee.
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STEPHANOPOULOS: That is a senior Republican, Congresswoman.
What's your response?
SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS: Look, I think the real easy answer here is that the FBI has already said this story is BS. Those are their words, so I apologize to my mom. But literally, those are the words of the FBI, that the story is BS.
They came to us, they approached us for putting that story out there. I think the American people deserve to know the truth. And that's exactly what it is, that there's nothing here. Just because reporters say something over and over and over again doesn't start to make it true.
At some point, we get to a place where we've got to move on and start focusing on the things that the American people care about and I don't think this is it.
We've talked about it time and time and time again, asked and answered. Let's move forward. Let's start talking about the economy. Let's talk about education. Let's talk about border security.
SANDERS: Let's talk about national security. That's what's keeping most Americans up at night. That's what they want us focused on. And that's what this administration is doing day in and day out.
STEPHANOPOULOS: A couple of things there.
First of all, the FBI has made officially no comment. The FBI director, James Comey, has had no comment. You're saying that the FBI told you that it was BS. The FBI hasn't said that at all.
But I was asking a different question. The FBI investigation is continuing right now. The intelligence committees are continuing their investigations right now. And the question at hand is, is it appropriate for the attorney general to oversee that investigation?
Here are the Justice Department guidelines. They say that no DOJ employee may participate in a criminal investigation or prosecution if he has a personal or political relationship with any person or organization substantially involved in the conduct that is the subject of the investigation.
How can it be appropriate for a key member of the Trump campaign to oversee an investigation into the Trump campaign?
SANDERS: Look, George, we're confident whatever review that Congress wants to do, I think that's the first step. If they want to take that on, which there are two committees that are currently doing that, we're extremely confident that, whatever review, they're all going to come to the same conclusion -- that we had no involvement in this.
The bigger thing here is if Democrats want to continue to relive their loss every single day by doing investigations or review after review, that's fine by us. We know why we won this race. It's because we had the better candidate with the better message. They didn't campaign in the right places. They didn't have a good candidate. If they want to continue to relive that loss every single day, then we welcome that.
STEPHANOPOULOS: That wasn't a Democrat; that was a Republican member of Congress. I'll just say that for the record and I'll take your answer to say you don't believe that the attorney general needs to recuse right now.
On the investigations, though, you also saw Republican members of Congress --
SANDERS: George, I don't think we're there yet.