The Vice President wouldn’t say whether a desire to thwart the Russia investigation motivated Comey’s dismissal.
Vice President Mike Pence would not answer questions about the administration’s desire to thwart thwart the Russia investigation affecting President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey.
“Did the President fire Director Comey to impede the Russia investigation?” MSNBC’s Kristen Welker asked Pence at the Capitol.
“[The President’s] not under investigation and as former Director Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, said, there is no evidence of collusion between our campaign and any Russian officials,” Pence said.
Welker persisted, citing the FBI investigation into possible ties.
“That’s not what this is about,” Pence responded. The Vice President said that the President listened to the recommendation of the attorney general and deputy attorney general in the dismissal.
Another reporter asked if Trump’s “dissatisfaction with the Russia probe” played a factor in the firing.
Again, Pence repeated that the decision was motivated by “the best interest of the American people.”
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