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White House Jokes That Dems Will Need Psychiatric Help After Election Loss

“I think Washington psychiatrists are going to be doing a brisk business in the years ahead,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest joked Friday regarding Congressional Democrats anger over FBI Director James Comey’s recent comments in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee and his classified briefing with House lawmakers.

Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday, Comey refused to comment on a possible investigation into President-elect Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, saying, “I would never comment on investigations – whether we have one or not – in an open forum like this so I can’t say one way or another.”

Senator Angus King (I-ME) said he could not avoid the “irony” of Comey’s statement. King was referring to Comey’s letter to Congress in October, informing them that he was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Hillary Clinton herself blamed her loss on the Comey letter.

House Democrats were also outraged following a classified briefing with Comey Friday morning. Due to the classified nature of the briefing, details were scarce.

“The President does not at all believe that Director Comey was motivated by a desire to influence the outcome of the election,” Earnest said.
However, while Earnest did not criticize Comey, he praised “long-standing norms and traditions,” which prevented the FBI and Justice Department from discussing investigations in public forums.