White House counselor Kelly Conway defended President Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, saying the president had lost confidence in Comey.
Conway also dismissed insinuations of a potential White House cover-up of the Trump team’s ties to Russia.
Conway stressed during an appearance on CNN that Trump acted at the behest of advisers.
"He makes complete sense because he has lost confidence in the FBI director and he took the recommendation of Rob Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general," she said.
Conway echoed the White House’s statement on the matter, saying Trump was mainly seeking to "restore public confidence in the FBI" by removing Comey from the top post.
Conway also insisted that the president was not under investigation for ties to Russian officials, despite the ongoing congressional probe into connections between Trump campaign and administration officials and the foreign government.
The White House official also batted down Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s intimation that without an independent congressional probe, Americans would be justified in suspecting a potential Trump administration cover-up.
"He’s wrong, it’s not a cover-up," she said. "In fact the president makes very clear in his letter the fact that Mr. Comey on three occasions assured him he is not under investigation. The president says that’s between the president of the United States and director Comey. But he is telling on at least three occasions he assured him he’s not under investigation."
Schumer, during a press conference where he responded to Comey’s firing said that without additional investigations “every American will rightly suspect that the decision to fire Director Comey was part of a cover-up.”