At Wednesday's White House press briefing, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Trump had considered firing FBI Director Comey "since the day he was elected." Huckabee Sanders said over the last several months the president has lost confidence in Comey
Huckabee Sanders said the president's confidence in Comey had been eroding in the last several months and culminated in his dismissal yesterday.
"The president had lost... confidence in Director Comey. And frankly, he'd been considering letting Director Comey go since the day he was elected.," the spokeswoman said at today's briefing.
"There's also another nugget of big news, as you guys may have been paying attention, in regard to the termination of the former FBI director, Comey," Huckabee Sanders said earlier in the briefing. "The president, over the last several months, lost confidence in Director Comey. The DOJ lost confidence in Director Comey. Bipartisan members of Congress made it clear that they had lost confidence in Director Comey. And most importantly, the rank-and-file of the FBI had lost confidence in their director."
Huckabee Sanders said Comey decided to throw a "stick of dynamite" at the Department of Justice when he circumvented the chain of command in his press conference last year regarding the investigation in Hillary Clinton's private server.
"I think one of the big catalysts that we saw was last week, on Wednesday, Director Comey made a pretty startling revelation, that he had essentially taken a stick of dynamite and thrown it into the Department of Justice, by going around the chain of command when he decided to take steps without talking to the attorney general or the deputy attorney general, when holding a press conference and telling them that he would not let them know what he was going to say," she said.
"That is simply not allowed," Huckabee Sanders said. "Somebody like the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, who everybody across the board has unequivocally said this guy is a man of upstanding character and essentially the gold standard at the Department of Justice -- when you take an action like that, when you go around the chain of command in the Department of Justice, then you have to make steps and take action to make a recommendation to the president. And that's what he did."
Watch Wednesday's full briefing: