White House calls for end of Russia investigations following Trump's firing Comey: 'It's time to move on'
In the wake of President Trump firing FBI director James Comey, who was heading a Bureau probe into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, a White House official has now called for those investigations to end.
Speaking with Tucker Carlson on FOX News Tuesday night, Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that it's "time to move on" from looking into the president's possible Kremlin connections.
"It's time to move on," said Sanders, "frankly, it's time to focus on the things the American people care about."
Click through reaction to Trump's firing of James Comey:
"It's been going on for nearly a year. Frankly, it's kind of getting absurd. There's nothing there. We've heard it time and time again. We heard it in the testimonies earlier this week. We've heard it for the last 11 months. There is no 'there' there. It's time to move on, and frankly, it's time to focus on things the American people care about."
Sanders reiterated her stance on "Morning Joe" Wednesday when asked if Russian investigations will continue. "I know that person after person, including your own Joe Scarborough, have said there's no evidence of collusion here. They've been pushing on this for months."
"I've got to interrupt. I said there's no obvious evidence FBI collusion out there right now and if there were that obvious evidence and collusion it would have already been leaked by now," said host Joe Scarborough. "I also think there has to be an in depth investigation because it may take, I think probably an independent prosecutor to figure out the financial ties between Donald Trump and Russia," he said.
Fellow host Mika Brzezinski added, saying to Sanders, "You're actually not telling the truth right now."
Sander's comments come as multiple members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, call not only for the investigation to continue, but in light of Comey's firing, for a special prosecutor to be assigned to the investigation.
"I have long called for a special congressional committee to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 election," said Republican Senator John McCain in a statement on Tuesday. "The president's decision to remove the FBI Director only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee."
Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan echoed McCain's call for a private investigation saying he and his staff are currently, "reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia." Amash also called the second paragraph of President Trump's letter firing Comey "bizarre."
Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urged Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Tuesday that if he "does not appoint an independent special prosecutor, every American will rightly suspect that the decision to fire Director Comey was part of a cover-up."