WASHINGTON, D.C. — The White House is rejecting calls from Democrats to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the firing of former FBI director James Comey.
During Monday’s daily press briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said there was “no need” to appoint a special prosecutor to determine whether Comey was fired as a result of the investigation into alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 election.
“There is no need for a special prosecutor. There are two congressional committees and the FBI is conducting their own review,” said Spicer.
A growing number of Democrats have been rallying for the appointment of a special prosecutor since last week’s announcement that president Trump had notified Comey that his services were no longer needed, although Comey had been the target of Democrats themselves ever since his announcement just before the election that the FBI director had reopened the agency’s probe into then Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. Many Democrats, including Clinton herself, claimed Comey’s announcement on the reopening of the investigation played a direct role in the former Secretary of State’s November loss to president Trump.
“This is a process that’s working exactly as it should,” Spicer said. “There’s frankly no need for a special prosecutor.”
When pushed for comment on whether or not the White House’s decision to avoid use of a special prosecutor may lead to push back from Democrats when the president chooses Comey’s replacement, Spicer essentially said that Democrats would just need to get over it.
“If you look at what Acting Director [Andrew] McCabe said last week, he said they have the resources they need and their work continues,” Spicer said.
“It’s at what point, you have a House and Senate, a House committee, a Senate committee, the FBI (investigating),” Spicer said. “I don’t understand why you need additional resources when you have three entities.”
Spicer also added that despite speculation to the contrary, the operation to find a replacement for Comey is running “completely as it should,” and being overseen by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — whose letter to the president on Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email case was cited by the White House as cause for his removal.