Published: Fri, April 19, 2019

Sarah Sanders admitted she lied to the White House press

Sarah Sanders admitted she lied to the White House press

One of the many embarrassing revelations contained in the Mueller report concerns White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who admitted to the Special Counsel that she lied to the press about one of the reasons President Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey.

Mueller wrote in his report that Sanders spoke to Trump following the briefing, and that the president praised her work "and did not point out any inaccuracies in her comments". Sanders responded that she had, citing email and text message conversations, but declined to give a specific number of people who she had spoken with to the reporter.

Democrats are already calling for her to be ousted.

Sanders isn't the only member of the Trump administration who was determined to have made a false claim. The Mueller report, however, disagrees. Largely lost in the political skirmish was the fact that Russian Federation did interfere and subvert the 2016 US Presidential election in which Donald Trump made his way to the White House on the basis of winning three states by less than 80,000 combined while losing the nationwide popular vote by almost 3 million votes.

"Firing James Comey remains one of the best decisions that the president made", Sanders added.

On the next day, May 11, at a White House press conference, Sanders repeated her lies when pressed about this discrepancy by Fox News correspondent John Roberts.

When former Attorney General Jeff Sessions informed Trump that a special counsel had been appointed in the Russian Federation probe, the president "slumped back in his chair" and said: "Oh my God". "The DOJ [Department of Justice] lost confidence in Director Comey. He wanted somebody that could bring credibility back to the F.B.I. that had been lost over the last several months".

The Mueller report says: "The week after Comey's briefing, the White House Counsel's Office was in contact with SSCI Chairman Senator Richard Burr about the Russian investigations and appears to have received information about the status of the FBI investigations".

"And he's also never asked me to break the law".

Sanders then doubled down on the claims.

In the Mueller Report, which was released publicly on Thursday, investigators noted that Sanders admitted to making multiple false statements to reporters regarding Comey's firing, including that "countless" Federal Bureau of Investigation agents had lost confidence in Comey's ability to do his job.

Everything Sanders said was a lie, confirms the redacted Mueller report released Thursday. But the evidence does not support those claims. "The President told Comey at their January 27 dinner that 'the people of the F.B.I. really like [him],' no evidence suggests that the President heard otherwise before deciding to terminate Comey, and Sanders acknowledged to investigators that her comments were not founded on anything".

In the interview, she claimed that while comments she made at press briefings in 2017 were not always accurate, but the essence of what she was saying was the truth.

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