Advertisement

White House spokesman won’t defend or criticize FBI director over emails

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on Oct. 31, 2016.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on Oct. 31, 2016.

(Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP)

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says he will neither “defend nor criticize” FBI Director James Comey’s decision to disclose that the FBI is looking into newly discovered emails that may be pertinent to their dormant investigation of Hillary Clinton.

Earnest said Monday that there are significant institutional responsibilities that the Department of Justice must fulfill. He said that President Barack Obama believes “Director Comey is a man of integrity. He’s a man of principle and he’s a man of good character.”

Earnest said Obama believes that Comey isn’t trying to help one presidential candidate over another.

He said Comey is in a tough spot, but the FBI director is in the best position to defend his actions in the face of significant criticism.

Advertisement

Associated Press


Advertisement
Advertisement