'Not the Right Person to Send Out': 'Outnumbered' Hosts Rip WH Response to Comey
The White House sent out President Trump's personal attorney Marc Kasowitz to respond to former FBI Director James Comey's testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The "Outnumbered" hosts agreed that the White House response did not "resonate" and did not help the president.
Kasowitz said Trump never asked Comey for "loyalty," as Comey swore under oath to the Senate.
Trump lawyer denies the president pressured Comey for loyalty. Read his entire statement: https://t.co/IDXM2WOjfV
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) June 8, 2017
Earlier, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to answer most questions about the hearing, but did offer a response to the question of whether President Trump is a liar.
"No, I can definitely say the president is not a liar. I think it’s frankly insulting that that question would be asked," she said.
Comey said at the hearing that the administration put forth "lies plain and simple" after his firing by claiming the FBI was in "disarray."
Frank Luntz took aim at Huckabee Sanders for choosing to make that statement in that way.
"The President is not a liar" is almost as bad as Nixon's "I am not a crook.”
Bad language. Bad strategy. https://t.co/HhFbWQB95q
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) June 8, 2017
Meghan McCain agreed, saying the response re-enforces why President Trump has needed for weeks to "clean house" among his communications staff.
She said the Republican agenda is not going to go anywhere as long as Comey and the Russia investigation dominate the news cycle.
"They have got to get some adults who know what they're doing," she said, criticizing the decision to send out Kasowitz, who did not answer any questions.
"I mean, great, it's your longtime lawyer who helped you with your three divorces. ... But [he's] not the right person to send out just from an optics and communications standpoint," she said.
Dagen McDowell said the White House should have simply issued the written statement and not directed Kasowitz to read it on camera without answering any questions.
Judge Napolitano said that as a friend of Trump, he is deeply concerned after Comey's testimony, calling it "damning."
"I'm even more concerned with - who is also my friend - Marc Kasowitz's response, which was a conclusory response and an attack on Comey. It did not go to the essence of Comey's allegations," said Napolitano.
Watch the full discussion above.