White House press secretary Sarah Sanders blasted fired FBI Director James Comey in a blistering tweet on Monday, calling on Republicans to fight back against his anti-Trump crusade.
“Republicans should stand up to Comey and his tremendous corruption - from the fake Hillary Clinton investigation, to lying and leaking, to FISA abuse, and a list too long to name,” Sanders tweeted.
She added: “The President did the country a service by firing him and exposing him for the shameless fraud he is.”
Comey launched a number of attacks against President Donald Trump and Republicans after he was grilled by Congress over his questionable handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
"Republicans used to understand that the actions of a President matter. That words of a President matter, the rule of law matters in the truth matters,” Comey said. “Where are those Republicans today?”
He continued: “At some point, someone has to stand up and in the face of fear of Fox News, fear of their base, fear of mean tweets, stand up for the values of this country and not slink away into retirement, but stand up and speak the truth.”
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When asked if he had any responsibility for the damaging of the FBI’s reputation in recent years, Comey responded, “No.” Again, he put all the blame on Trump.
“The FBI's reputation has taken a big hit because the President of the United States… has lied about it constantly,” Comey said. “And in the face of those lies a whole lot of good people who watch your network believe that nonsense. That's a tragedy. That will be undone eventually but that damage has nothing to do with me.”
Just how dramatic was Comey in his remarks? He was asked if he expected any Republicans to take on the president. His answer was something else.
"Not yet. To my view, to their ever-lasting shame I hope they'll overcome that and realize someday they've got to explain to their grandchildren what they did today," he responded.