At Wednesday's White House press briefing, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Trump decided to fire FBI Director James Comey after many "atrocities" committed during his tenure such as "circumventing the chain of command."
"Having a letter like the one [President Trump] received [from the Deputy Attorney General] and having that conversation that outlined the basic atrocities in circumventing the chain of command in the Department of Justice," Huckabee Sanders told the media. "Any person of legal mind and authority knows what a big deal that is, particularly in the Department of Justice. Particularly for somebody like the Deputy Attorney General who has been part of the Justice Department for 30 years and is such a respected person. When he saw that he had to speak up on that action and I think that was the final catalyst."
Sarah Huckabee Sanders: There was an "erosion" of confidence in Comey due to many "missteps and mistakes."
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"Frankly I think it's startling that Democrats aren't celebrating this since they've been calling for it for so long," Huckabee Sanders also said.
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