Huckabee Sanders: Trump ‘Very Likely’ to Visit FBI Headquarters in the Next Few Days

• May 11, 2017 9:27 am


White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday on "CBS This Morning" that President Trump is "very likely" to visit the FBI headquarters in the next few days.

"I believe that is very likely that takes place sometime in the next few days," Sanders said when asked by host Charlie Rose whether Trump would be visiting the FBI.

Trump's potential visit comes at a time when shockwaves are still going through the bureau after the president fired now-former FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, according to CNN.

Some in the agency resented the political spotlight Comey had brought on the bureau with his public statements at the center of the Russia and Hillary Clinton email investigation firestorms.

But many felt loyalty to Comey and appreciated his independence to both sides of the political aisle, especially with critical comments Trump made about the intelligence community during the campaign and early in his presidency, as well as the former director's efforts to streamline administrative processes.

Sanders doubled down on the White House narrative from Wednesday's press briefing, saying Trump made the decision to fire Comey based on recommendations from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. However, she added that Trump had been considering firing Comey since November.

"He had a conversation on Monday with the attorney general and the deputy attorney general and asked them for their thoughts, their feedback," Sanders said. "They laid out a lot of the reasons that you see reflected in that memo, but this was certainly something that the president had been again considering since he had been elected back in November."