The White House stood by FBI Director James Comey on Monday as a man of ‘integrity’ and ‘principle’ in the face of a Democrat-led assault on his character and intentions.
Press Secretary Josh Earnest would neither ‘defend nor criticize’ the letter Comey sent to Congress on Friday.
But the senior White House official said the president does not believe that the Republican law enforcement official is looking to ‘intentionally influence the outcome’ of the presidential election, despite Hillary Clinton’s and Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid’s claims that he is.
‘The president’s assessment of his integrity and his character has not changed,’ Earnest said at his daily briefing. ‘The president doesn’t believe he’s secretly strategizing to benefit one candidate or one political party.’