Trump surrogates Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump’s decision to fire FBI director Hames Comey, saying the move is not related to investigations into a possible connection between Russia and Trump aides. Following is a transcript of the video.
Anderson Cooper: Senator Schumer has said this raises his concern. He’s saying essentially this is a cover-up, today.
Kellyanne Conway: Well, he’s wrong, it’s not a cover-up. In fact, the president makes very clear in his letter the fact that Mr. Comey on at least three occasions assured the president that he is not under investigation.
Cooper: Yeah, when did he say that? On what occasions did he do that?
Conway: The president says in his letter … That’s between the president of the United States and Director Comey. But he has telling him on at least three occasions, he assured him he’s not under investigation, Anderson, but at the same time he is taking the recommendation of his deputy attorney general and the attorney general of the United States that it’s time for fresh leadership and to restore integrity to the FBI. This is what leaders do. They take decisive action based on the information they’re provided, that’s what President Trump did today.
Cooper: You want this to allegedly be about restoring confidence in the FBI, but I’m not sure … many people believe this doesn’t restore confidence in the FBI. In fact, a lot of people are raising questions about, saying it destroys people’s confidence in the FBI about whoever the president may appoint is now going to be in charge of an investigation into people who have been close to the president during the campaign, any potential collusion with Russia.
Conway: And today’s actions had zero to do with that.
Willie Geist: Do you know something that the rest of us don’t know about there being nothing there in the Russia investigation from either the Senate, the House or the FBI investigations?
Sarah Huckabee Sanders: I know that person after person including your own Joe Scarborough has said that there’s no evidence of collusion here. They’ve been pushing on this for months, almost an entire year.
Joe Scarborough: Wait, wait, wait, I’ve got to interrupt. I said there was no obvious evidence of collusion out there right now and if there were that obvious evidence of collusion, it would have already been leaked by now.
Scarborough: What I said was there’s nothing obvious there, but doesn’t that just prove we need an independent counsel to investigate this?
Huckabee Sanders: Not at all! Joe, we’ve had almost an entire year that they have spent, the House committees, the Senate committees, the FBI. Everyone has looked into this and everybody comes to the same conclusion, that there is no evidence of collusion.
Scarborough: Yes, there’s something there.
Mika Brzezinski: You’re actually not telling the truth right now. Wow.
Scarborough: Actually … the conclusion they’ve come to is that there’s something there.
Huckabee Sanders: That’s a pretty bold claim.