White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders explained a tweet from President Donald Trump on Wednesday as his “opinion,” not a direct order for Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
“The entire investigation is based off a dirty, discredited dossier that was paid for by an opposing campaign and had a lot of corruption within the entity which was overseeing it, which was Peter Strzok, James Comey, Andrew McCabe,” said Sanders. “We’ve laid this out a number of times.”
Trump tweeted Wednesday morning, “This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further.”
The press secretary emphasized to reporters multiple times that in the tweet, “the president is stating his opinion. It’s not an order.”
She added, “he’s been, I think, crystal clear about how he feels about this investigation from the beginning.”
A reporter pressed “If [the investigation] is corrupt, why doesn’t the President just end it, or use the powers he has to end it?…If he believes that, why doesn’t he follow through on that?”
“Once again, the President has allowed this process to play out, but he think it’s time for it to come to an end,” the press secretary replied.
Sanders refuted another reporter’s attempt to paint a statement for Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani as “obstruction of justice.”
“Look, the President is not obstructing; he’s fighting back,” Sanders said of Trump.
The President is stating his opinion. He’s stating it clearly. And he’s certainly expressing the frustration that he has with the level of corruption that we’ve seen from people like Jim Comey, Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe. There’s a reason that the President is angry. And, frankly, most of America is angry, as well. And there’s no reason he shouldn’t be able to voice that opinion.
Asked about reaction on the Hill to the President’s morning tweets, Sanders said, “We certainly think it should be completed…sooner rather than later…They’ve still come up with nothing in regards to the President. We’d like to see it come to a close.”