Reporters had to read between the lines more than usual at Monday’s White House press conference.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest called James Comey “a man of integrity (and) a man of principle.” He would not criticize the FBI director’s decision to announce that his department had reopened its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
He would not criticize the FBI director’s decision to announce that his department had reopened its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
“I’ll neither defend nor criticize what Director Comey has decided to communicate to the public about this investigation,” Earnest told reporters. “The president doesn’t believe he’s secretly strategizing to benefit one candidate or political party. He’s in a tough spot, and he’s the one who will be in a position to defend his actions in the face of significant criticism from a variety of legal experts, including individuals who served in senior Department of Justice positions in administrations led by presidents in both parties.”
“The president thinks very highly of Director Comey and yes, you can assert that he still has confidence in his ability to do his job,” he said.
The vote of confidence from a President Obama-led White House comes in stark contrast to the flurry of criticism from Democrats, like Nevada Sen. Harry Reid who fired off an unhinged letter accusing Comey of violating federal law by making the announcement.
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