‘JEFF GREENE HAS NO DUTY’: DWS defends Jeff Greene
By Sarah Binder February 18, 2018 12:15:04 In a speech to a group of Democratic lawmakers Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Jeff Greenee, President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, for not being an “outsider” to the president.
“Jeff Greenee has never held a position in the executive branch of the federal government,” Sanders said at a luncheon with reporters.
“He’s been on the Justice Department for 30 years and has never had a single job in his life.”
The comments come as Trump continues to feud with the FBI, which has been investigating his campaign’s possible ties to Russia.
In a tweet Tuesday night, Trump said the probe was “outrageous.”
“What about the many lies and the ‘lies’ of the FAKE NEWS media?”
“Only collusion, obstruction and the destruction of evidence would be considered a crime by a judge!”
Sanders did not respond to a request for comment from the AP.
Greenee had served as deputy attorney general under President Barack Obama, and was tapped to be the next attorney general by Trump last month.
His nomination was approved by the Senate in early February.
The president is under fire from Democrats over the FBI’s investigation into possible ties between Trump campaign aides and Russia.
Sanders said Tuesday that the president has the right to be frustrated.
“The president has a constitutional right to express frustration, as he has been, and he’s entitled to it,” she said.
“It’s not a bad place to start.”
Sanders also said she did not know whether the president had spoken with former FBI Director James Comey before taking office.
She did say that the Senate Intelligence Committee has been briefed on the FBI investigation.
She said there is no indication that the FBI has sought the testimony of any witnesses.