Published: Mon, April 22, 2019

Sarah Sanders Is Defending Her 'Slip of the Tongue'

Sarah Sanders Is Defending Her 'Slip of the Tongue'

In May 2017, after Trump fired Comey, Sanders - then serving as deputy White House press secretary - told reporters that Trump and members of federal law enforcement no longer had confidence in him.

Sanders' claim on 10 May 2017, the day after Comey was sacked, that "countless members of the FBI" opposed Comey was "a slip of the tongue", Sanders told the special counsel's office in an interview past year. "It's "Fire me Thursday" or 'Fire me, Good Friday.' She needs to go". She went on: "I've certainly heard from a large number of individuals". Sanders told investigators that her misstatements were a "slip of the tongue", and that the claims were not founded on anything.

"I said that the word I used "countless" and I also said if you look at what's in quotations from me, it's that, and that it was in the heat of the moment, meaning that it wasn't a scripted talking point", Sanders said.

The report said that in an interview with the special counsel's office, Sanders admitted that her claim in a White House press briefing shortly after Comey's firing and repeated again in subsequent interviews that "countless Federal Bureau of Investigation agents" had called the White House to thank Trump was "not founded on anything".

What Sanders called a "slip of the tongue", Stephanopoulos called a "deliberate false statement". "But should we - or more importantly you at home - I mean, how do you believe anything they say?".

In perhaps a demonstration of the power of the press, a call by veteran Washington journalist April Ryan for the firing of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has spawned two trending hashtags on Twitter and multiple news stories.

That same day she said that "most of America had decided on their own that Director Comey was not the person that should be leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as evidenced by the numerous comments that we've seen from Democrat members in the House and Senate, Republican members, members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and people across the board". Sanders had told reporters that Comey had lost the confidence of rank-and-file members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who welcomed the president's decision. She further stated that President Trump privately praised her for the public dishonesty. "By Sanders" own admission to Mueller's team, however, that statement was a blatant lie. Sanders not only lied to the public, but she lied to the special counsel. "I'm sorry that I wasn't a robot like the Democrat [sic] Party". "My people see you and will do the same for you!".

Giuliani also said the Mueller Report was started from the point of view of finding the President guilty, and claimed anything that shows President Trump is innocent is ignored by the report.

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