Former FBI director James Comey testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 8, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The White House defended President Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, citing “new information” since he was fired. “I think that that has been shown in the days that followed that the president was right in firing Director Comey. Since the director’s firing, we’ve learned new information about his conduct that only provided further justification for that firing,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during a press briefing on Monday. Sanders said that conduct included “giving false testimony,” leaking privileged information to journalists, and going outside the chain of command and politicizing an investigation into a presidential candidate. After he was fired in May, Comey testified that he had created memos detailing his conversations with Trump and given copies to at least one friend so that he could leak them to journalists. “I think the president’s been very clear about his position on that front. He’s very pleased with the new director and has full confidence in him to fully restore and lead the FBI,” Sanders added. When asked whether Comey perjured himself in front of Congress or misled Congress, Sanders replied, “I think that’s something for the [Department of Justice] to look at, not me. I’m not

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