WH: ‘Obviously’ Trump Doesn’t Believe ‘Entire’ DOJ Is Part Of Deep State

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on November 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Oliver Contreras/SIPA USA)(Sipa via AP Images)
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders assured reporters Tuesday that it was not the White House’s official position that the Justice Department was part of a “deep state” plotting to sabotage the Trump administration — at least, not the “entire” Justice Department.

Sanders also said the President had called for longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s arrest, despite the lack of any charges against her, because he “wants to make clear that he doesn’t feel that anyone should be above the law.”

At a press briefing Tuesday, a reporter asked about Trump’s tweet earlier in the day, in which he personally targeted Abedin and ousted FBI Director James Comey for arrest:

What did the President mean when he said the ‘Deep State Justice Department?’” ABC News’ Cecilia Vega asked. “And does this administration believe that the deep state is a real thing? That there is this shadow government out there actively plotting to sabotage him?”

“Look, the President finds some of those actions very disturbing,” Sanders said, without specifying further. “And he thinks that we need to make sure, if there is an issue that it is looked at, but if there was anything beyond that I would refer you to the Department of Justice.”

Vega pressed: “Does he believe the entire Justice Department and its more than 100,000 employees are part of this deep state?”

“Obviously, he doesn’t believe the entire Justice Department is part of that,” Sanders replied. “One of the things that the President has done is appoint Christopher Wray at the FBI because he wants to change the culture of that agency and he thinks he’s right to do that.”

“Is the President requesting that the Department of Justice investigate Huma Abedin?” Politico’s Matthew Nussbaum asked later. “How did he reach the conclusion that she should be in jail given she hasn’t been indicted or convicted of any crime?”

“Look, obviously, the facts of the case are very disturbing and I think the President wants to make clear that he doesn’t feel that anyone should be above the law,” Sanders said. “In terms of any investigation, that would be something the Department of Justice would need to decide. 

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  1. …he “wants to make clear that he doesn’t feel that anyone should be above the law.”

    Except of course for himself.

  2. This word “obviously.” I do not think it means what you think it means.

  3. Obviously, Dumbo Don the Con is a fucking stupid, ignorant, classless, idiot, criminal, racist, misogynist, dangerous moron.

    Did I leave anything out?

  4. Avatar for g_k g_k says:

    He’s also obese.

  5. Every day from that lectern, the dull, smug press secretary berates members of the press for daring to have common sense. She was born an inch from home plate and feels entitled to a grand slam.

    Really, Trump’s attempts to warp reality wouldn’t be a thousandth as successful as they are without these clods about flickering the lights and rattling the silverware.

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