The White House is defending President Donald Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey in May, with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying it was the right move.
Sanders was asked about the matter during Tuesday's White House press briefing, two days after an interview aired in which former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said President Donald Trump's dismissal of Comey was the biggest mistake "in modern political history."
"The president is proud of the decision that he made," Sanders said. "The president was 100 percent right in firing James Comey.
"I think there's no secret Comey, by his own self-admission, leaked privileged government information weeks before President Trump fired him."
Sanders was referring to the memos Comey wrote that detailed his conversations and interactions with Trump, at least one of which he leaked to The New York Times via a middleman. Comey has been heavily criticized for that move.
Comey's "actions were improper and likely could have been illegal," Sanders said. "[Trump is] very happy with the decision he made."
A Department of Justice investigation examining whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia is reportedly looking at the circumstances of Comey's firing.
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