Sarah Sanders Roasts Jim Acosta Over 'Russia Fever'

Susan Collins

Susan Collins

The White House says it has nothing to do with FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's departure from the law enforcement agency.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders added another term to the Trump administration lexicon Monday when, during an exchange with CNN reporter Jim Acosta, Sanders referred to the media's interest in the Russian Federation investigation as "Russia fever".

When Acosta asked Sanders what she would tell the president's "critics" who believe that he applied "steady pressure" to DOJ and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials, Sanders did not mince words.

"None of this decision was made by the White House", Sanders said.

"In fact, we have gone above and beyond many times and certainly done everything that we could", Sanders added.

Q: The president didn't play a role in Andrew Mccabe stepping down?

"The only thing the president has applied pressure to is to make sure we get this is resolved so that you guys and everyone else can focus on the things that Americans care about". As such, the press secretary was asked if the Trump Administration had a reaction to the news, and whether the president was personally involved in McCabe's ouster. "Nothing improper? Nothing inappropriate here at all whatsoever from the president since he came into office, when it comes to this investigation?"

Trump took issue with McCabe and his wife after reports revealed that McCabe's wife received contributions from groups tied to former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), a longtime friend and ally of former President Bill and Hillary Clinton. McCabe is an important witness in the obstruction of justice investigation.

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