Pence says FBI Director Comey's firing was not over Russia probe

President Donald Trump is greeted by Vice President Mike Pence as he arrives to speak at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pa., Saturday, April, 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Vice President Mike Pence told reporters on Capitol Hill that FBI Director James Comey wasn't fired over the investigation of Russia's influence in the 2016 election.

When asked if the firing was meant to impede the Russian investigation, Pence responded:

"Well as you know very clearly - as has been stated repeatedly, and the president has been told - he's not under investigation as former Director Clapper the director of National Intelligence said. There is no evidence of collusion between our campaign and any Russian officials. Let me be clear with you - that's not what this is about."

He said he was grateful President Trump took the recommendation of the Deputy Attorney General "and remove the FBI director who lost the confidence of the American people."

Using "strong and decisive leadership," Pence said the action of firing Comey was "the right decision at the right time."

"I'm confident as we go forward that the president will choose an individual who will be able to restore the confidence of our nation in our leading law enforcement agency."

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