Sanders Accuses Comey Of 'Clear' Violation Of 'Federal Laws'

The spokesman said there are "ongoing informal discussions" with the Justice Department to schedule those interviews but the department has "yet to produce any results".

"I'm going to talk to Sen".

She said the Department of Justice "has to look into any allegations of whether or not something is illegal or not" and further accused Comey of "questionable statements under oath" and "politicizing an investigation". "Those are real reasons for why he was sacked, and the president's decision was 100 percent right".

The refusal to allow the Senate panel to interview those two witnesses could be a sign that Mueller is reviewing whether President Donald Trump acted properly in his firing of Comey.

Following up on her remarks at Monday's briefing, in which she stated that it had been discovered Comey had given a "false testimony" to Congress, in addition to having leaked privileged information to the New York Times, Sanders was asked if "the President encourage [s] the DOJ to prosecute Comey?"

She clarified, however, in response to a question on whether she was encouraging an investigation, that "I'm not here to ever direct DOJ into actions that they should take".

Law did not specify which "fact" affirmed the "rightness" of Trump's decision, nor did he challenge the assertion that Comey's firing led to the appointment of Mueller.

"The President was 100 percent right in firing James Comey", she said. Critics have contended that the President may have been trying to interfere with Comey's criminal investigation into potential Russian Federation collusion with the Trump campaign, something the White House has furiously denied.

"Weeks before President Trump fired him, Comey testified that an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent engaged in the same practice; they face serious repercussions", she said. "The White House uses "leaking of information" as a throw-away line but it has a legal definition and Jim Comey did not violate the law based upon telling others what the president said to him".

He had drafted the seven memos after a series of meetings with Trump.

"I don't think there's any doubt that if James Comey had not been fired we would not have a special counsel", Bannon told Rose. The Hill reported on July 9 that the memos Comey leaked were government documents and more than half of them contained classified information.

Axios reported that Sanders's words are part of a larger campaign to not only discredit Comey.

"Consistent with the Department's long-standing policy regarding the confidentiality and sensitivity of information relating to pending matters, the Department can not make Mr. Ghattas nor Mr. Rybicki available for transcribed interviews at this time", Acting Assistant Attorney General Samuel Ramer said in the July letter to the committee.


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