“Spicer got his wish and was soon standing in near darkness between two tall hedges, with more than a dozen reporters closely gathered around him. For 10 minutes, he responded to a flurry of questions, vacillating between light-hearted asides and clear frustration with getting the same questions over and over again.” One clear indication that few in the White House were prepared for the announcement was the almost comical scramble by the communications team to explain the decision; which led, at one point, to Sean Spicer hiding in some bushes.

+ During the White House press briefing, Sarah Huckabee Sanders (who was subbing for Sean Spicer) contended that “Most of America decided on their own that Director Comey was not the person that should be leading the FBI.”