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So how’s that White House effort to tell one consistent and truthful story about how and why James Comey was fired going?


From Thursday’s White House Press Briefing:

ABC’s Jonathan Karl: I asked you directly yesterday if the President had already decided to fire James Comey when he met with the Deputy Attorney General and Attorney General. And you said “no.” Also the Vice President of the United States said directly that the president acted “to take the recommendation of the Deputy AG to remove the FBI Director. Sean Spicer said directly “it was all him,” meaning the Deputy Attorney General.

Now we learn from the president directly that he had already decided to fire James Comey. So why were so many people giving answers that just weren’t correct? Were you guys in the dark? Was the vice president misled again, as happened with Mike Flynn?

White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders: I think it’s pretty simple. I hadn’t had a chance to have the conversation directly with the president to say—I’d had several conversations with him, but I didn’t ask that question, directly, “Had you already made that decision.” I went off the information that I had when I answered your question.

I’ve since had the conversation with him right before I walked on today, and he laid it out very clearly: He had already made the decision, he’d been thinking about it for months—which I did say yesterday—and have said many times since. And Wednesday, I think, was the final straw that pushed him, and the recommendation that he got from the deputy attorney general just further solidified his decision and again, I think reaffirmed that he made the right one.

Oh, Sarah. Seems like it’s going great!

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