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White House Defends Changing Accounts in Comey Firing: 'Our Story Is Consistent'

11 May 2017

On Wednesday, Huckabee insisted that President Trump dismissed Comey on the recommendations of both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his new deputy, Rod Rosenstein. "The next day, the Deputy Attorney General sent his written recommendation to the Attorney General and the Attorney General sent his written recommendation to the President".

Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked on ABC's "Good Morning America" about Trump's claim in a letter to Comey notifying him of his termination that the then-FBI director assured him "on three separate occasions" that he was not under investigation. You want to create this false narrative.

Trump told Holt that the first time he discussed that with Comey was at a January dinner Comey asked for because, Trump explained, Comey wanted to hang on to his Federal Bureau of Investigation job.

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During the daily White House press briefing Thursday, CBS News' Major Garrett asked Sanders why she thought it was proper for Trump to have asked Comey whether he was under investigation given that the Justice Department's own protocols advise against the President communicating with the FBI about anything that might involve him.

She also says "I am not aware" of reports he threatened to resign over the way the Comey dismissal was attributed in part to the memo he wrote.

"We don't think it's necessary".

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"I'm sure that there are some people that are disappointed", she said.

Sanders responded, "I don't see that as a conflict of interest and neither do the many legal scholars and others that have been commenting on it for the last hour". It was a quick-moving process.

Mr Comey was leading the investigation of alleged Russian hacking of the USA election, and of claimed ties between Trump associates and the Kremlin.

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"I have heard that directly from him that information was relayed directly to him from Director Comey", said Sanders, who declined to provide further details. And Mr Spicer? Well, as The Washington Post reported, he tried to avoid journalists by standing among some bushes of the White House lawns in the dark.

White House Defends Changing Accounts in Comey Firing: 'Our Story Is Consistent'