White House: "DOJ Should 'Absolutely Look at" Charging ousted FBI Director

Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Going Dark with FBI Director

While she contended that the president has been fully vindicated in his decision to fire Comey in May, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stopped short of recommending that the Justice Department prosecute the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief.

The Senate judiciary committee revealed in an August 31 press release that Comey began drafting a letter in April or May of 2016 to exonerate former secretary of state Hillary Clinton of charges in her email investigation-which was "before the FBI interviewed up to 17 key witnesses including former Secretary Clinton and several of her closest aides".

She said the Department of Justice "has to look into any allegations of whether or not something is illegal or not" and further accused Comey of "questionable statements under oath" and "politicizing an investigation". "What I've said and what I'm talking about are facts. Those are real reasons for why he was sacked, and the president's decision was 100 percent right".

There's ample evidence to suggest Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team are taking a close look at Donald Trump's firing of then-FBI Director James Comey in May.

During her daily briefing, a reporter pressed Sanders to expand on her suggestion Tuesday that the Department of Justice "should certainly look at" investigating Comey.

Responding to a question on whether a prosecution could be pushed by Trump, Sanders noted that it's not the President's role to encourage the Department of Justice (DOJ) to prosecute Comey, and stated the decision would need to come through the DOJ.

The DOJ seemed to cite concerns about interfering with the ongoing special counsel probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Others are reportedly anxious that Mueller's probe has expanded to include unrelated financial crimes involving the Trump Organization and alleged connections to Russian money laundering.

He had drafted the seven memos after a series of meetings with Trump.

Back in July, though, the Comey friend - Columbia University professor Daniel Richman - stressed that none of the memos he had were marked classified at the time. Comey has said he did nothing wrong by sharing the information.

Rybicki is Comey's former chief of staff. Ghattas is the head of the FBI's national security division and is in charge of leading the FBI's operations and intelligence efforts.

While it is widely accepted within the legal community that a sitting president can not be indicted, White House staffers are not immune and face a considerable risk of accusations of obstruction of justice or perjury.

As CNSNews.com previously reported, Sanders said Monday that the president was justified in firing Comey. I think the president's been very clear about his position on that front.

"Consistent with the Department's long-standing policy regarding the confidentiality and sensitivity of information relating to pending matters, the Department can not make Mr. Ghattas nor Mr. Rybicki available for transcribed interviews at this time", Acting Assistant Attorney General Samuel Ramer said in the July letter to the committee.

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