White House: Removing Comey will help bring Russia investigation to end

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Instead, that job will fall to deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who conducted her first briefing just last week.

While most voters said the briefings were necessary, they weren't entirely opposed to change in frequency or structure.

He said Comey's firing might "lengthen out the investigation". "She does a great job", the official said.

On Wednesday, we reported on a Washington Post story that described how press secretary Sean Spicer tried to avoid discussing James Comey's sudden termination as Federal Bureau of Investigation director Tuesday night by hiding in the bushes on White House grounds.

Paired with the letter was a scathing review by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, regarding Comey's handling of the investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's email practices, CNN reports.

Huckabee Sanders said the president's confidence in Comey had been eroding in the last several months and culminated in his dismissal yesterday.

During the transition, Mr Trump's advisers floated the idea of moving the media from the White House to the nearby Executive Office Building to accommodate media interest.

He was referring to Donald Trump's tweet Friday morning that warned: "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

Spicer has been the public face of the Trump administration since the inaugural on January 20, when the president immediately deployed his press secretary to defend the size of the crowd at the ceremony. "They're the ones that made the recommendation", he said. Following Trump's open admission that he fired the FBI director in part to bring an investigation to a favorable conclusion, reporters should be anxious.

As Spicer made his way toward the White House door, the swarm of reporters moved with him, shouting questions along the way: Why is the White House suddenly giving statements after pledging to not do so?

"Look, it may just be that the president is trolling the press corps and saying "Work yourself into a frenzy about all this" and turns out it's nothing", continued Wallace.

Earlier today, White House Correspondents' Association President Jeff Mason said that "doing away with briefing would reduce accountability, transparency, and the opportunity for Americans to see that, in the USA system, no political figure is above being questioned".

James Comey placed himself in the media spotlight a year ago when, days before the 2016 election, he advised congress of fresh investigations into Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State.

"You don't mean that?" she asked.