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Analysis | Trump’s press secretary offers suggested punishments for two Trump critics
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders holds the daily briefing at the White House in Washington on Sept. 12.
(Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders set aside some time during the daily press briefing Wednesday to declare that former FBI director James B. Comey should face criminal punishment for allowing negative information about the president to be leaked to the New York Times, and that ESPN reporter Jemele Hill should be fired for her comments about Trump and race. The Comey comment came in response to a question from a reporter, following up on Sanders’s comment Tuesday that Comey had broken the law in asking a friend to leak information from a memo that he’d prepared after a conversation with the president. Sanders explained her rationale for claiming that the law had been broken: The memos Comey wrote about his interactions with the president were written on an FBI computer and “clearly followed the protocol of an official FBI document.” Leaking such a memo “violates federal laws, including the Privacy Act,” as well as employee agreements. (Those, of course, are likely moot, since Trump already fired Comey.) “I think that’s pretty clean and clear that that would be a violation,” she said. Asked what she thought should happen, she said it was “not up to me to decide,” but that “the Department of Justice has to look into any allegations of — whether something’s illegal or not.”
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