The Trump White House is eager to move on after firing FBI Director James Comey.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders called for an ending to the investigation of ties between the Trump campaign officials and Russia after the dismissal of Comey.
Just hours after the public firing of Comey, Sanders addressed Comey’s release on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show, in an attempt to shed some of the negativity surrounding the move.
Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on the Russia investigation: "It's time to move on” pic.twitter.com/n7lh01rfRK
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“I think the bigger point on that is, my gosh Tucker, when are they going to let that go? It’s been going on for nearly a year,” she said on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show. “Frankly, it’s kind of getting absurd. There’s nothing there. We’ve heard that time and time again. We’ve heard that in the testimonies earlier this week. We’ve heard it for the last 11 months. There is no ‘there’ there.
James Comey was conducting an investigation into collusion between the Trump administration and Russia at the time of his firing, but Trump insists the cause was due to Comey’s peer’s losing confidence in him because he politicized his role during the campaign and congressional testimony.
“He certainly lost the confidence for members of both sides, Republicans and Democrats in the house and the senate and frankly most importantly he lost the confidence of the American people,” said Sanders. “This was a guy who was being questioned day after day after day whether he was capable of leading the FBI.”
Despite Comey’s major role in the investigation, Sanders states that the decision would not impact the ongoing investigation.
“I don’t think it affects at all in any capacity whatsoever,” she said. “You will have the same people that will be carrying it out to the Department of Justice. The process continues, I believe in the House and Senate committees and I don’t see any change or disruption there.”
“It’s time to move on and frankly it’s time to focus on the things the American people care about,” she continued.