A travel/photo lid was called at 6:41 p.m.
Just beforehand, the White House asked your pooler to circulate this official timeline of events that led to President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey:
For pool distribution. We have received several inquiries to clarify the timeline of the President's decision. We are providing the below information on background.
- The President, over the last several months, lost confidence in Director Comey.
- After watching Director Comey's testimony last Wednesday, the President was strongly inclined to remove him.
- On Monday, the President met with the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General and they discussed reasons for removing the Director.
- The next day, Tuesday May 9, the Deputy Attorney General sent his written recommendation to the Attorney General and the Attorney General sent his written recommendation to the President.
Another note: As Sarah Huckabee Sanders mentioned in today's briefing, POTUS met behind closed doors this afternoon with acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe at the White House. Your pooler endeavored to get a readout of this meeting, but it appears none will be coming.
With that, have a great evening.