White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a press briefing Tuesday that it’s up to the Department of Justice to prosecute former FBI Director James Comey, but said that the move “should be looked at,” The Hill reports.
“I think if there was ever a moment where we feel someone has broken law, particularly if they are the head of the FBI, I think that’s certainly something that should be looked at,” Sanders noted.
Earlier this year, Comey testified before Congress that he arranged for his personal memos about his conversations with Trump to be shared with news outlets to ensure that a special prosecutor was appointed to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election, The Hill writes.
There were also claims that Comey decided against recommending Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to be prosecuted for mishandling classified information before he interviewed Clinton or other key witnesses in the case.
Trump fired Comey in May, but the move has caused enormous political problems for the White House. It is believed that Special Counselor Robert Mueller is looking into whether Trump fired Comey in an effort to block the investigation into whether individuals in his campaign had improper contacts with Russia.
Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon called Comey’s firing the biggest mistake “in modern political history” in an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes on Sunday.
However, Sanders claimed that “the President was proud of the decision he made” on Comey.
“The president was 100 percent right in firing James Comey. He knew it could be bad for him politically and felt he had an obligation to do what was right for the American people and men and women at the FBI,” Sanders noted.