Kellyanne Conway said Donald Trump’s decision to fire James Comey Tuesday had nothing to do with the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election.
Conway, who acknowledged “the firing of the FBI direct should not be done lightly,” said the president had “lost confidence in the FBI director”
“It’s not a cover up,” Conway said during an interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN Tuesday night. “The president makes it very clear in his letter. [Comey] assured him he’s not under investigation.”
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Cooper asked Conway why the Trump administration is now concerned about the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
“I think you’re looking at wrong set of facts here,” she said. “You’re going back to campaign. This man is president of the United States. He acted decisively today. You want this to be about Russia when this is about restoring public confidence in the FBI…”
“Well you want this to be about restoring public confidence in the FBI.” Cooper cut in.
“Today’s actions had zero to do with that,” Conway said. “What happened to all the Democrats that had no confidence in Comey when it was politically expedient for them? As president of the United States, he needs confidence in his FBI director.”
Cooper asked why Sessions was involved in the firing since he recused himself from all investigations into Russian interference in the election.
“The FBI director reports to deputy attorney general, the deputy attorney general reports to the attorney general and the attorney general reports to the president of the United States. This has nothing to do with Russia. It has everything to do with whether the current FBI director has the president’s confidence and can faithfully and capably execute his duties.”
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