During Monday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest declined to comment on FBI Director James Comey’s decision to make public the latest developments in the ongoing Hillary Clinton email investigation.
Still, that didn’t stop Earnest from heaping praise on Comey as an individual.
“What I have observed in the past is that Director Comey is a man of integrity and character,” Earnest explained Monday afternoon. “He is a man of principle. He’s a man who is well regarded by senior officials in both parties.”
“He is somebody who served in a senior position in the Bush Administration,” he continued. “He’s somebody who got strong bipartisan support when his nomination to be director of the FBI was considered by the United States Senate.”
Earnest reiterated that “all of those things are true” and “speak to his good character, and the president’s assessment of his integrity and his character has not changed.”
According to the White House press secretary, President Obama “doesn’t believe Director Comey is intentionally trying to influence the outcome of an election.”
“The president doesn’t believe he’s secretly strategizing to benefit one candidate or one political party.”