Trump counsel Conway says FBI director Comey firing 'not a coverup'
WASHINGTON- Aides to President Donald Trump are defending his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, saying it was needed to restore confidence in the agency, not about any ongoing investigations.
Counsel to the president Kellyanne Conway says in an interview with CNN, "It's not a cover-up," and says it "had nothing to do with Russia."
Conway says Trump took the recommendation of the attorney general's office that it was time for "fresh leadership." She adds, "This is what leaders do. They take decisive action."
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White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says in an interview with Fox that Comey had lost the confidence of rank-and-file members of the FBI and members of Congress.
Earlier Wednesday, Comey was scheduled to leave Los Angeles on a plane to return to Washington.
According to a report Tuesday night, the Senate Republican leading the investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign says he's "troubled by the timing and reasoning" behind President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.
Sen. Richard Burr, who chairs the Intelligence committee, said he found Comey to a public servant of the highest order, and his dismissal "further confuses an already difficult investigation" by his panel.
Burr said Comey was the most forthcoming with information of any FBI director that Burr could recall.
The North Carolina senator called Comey's firing "a loss for the bureau and the nation."