Under oath to investigators that were part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders admitted to lying to the press from the White House podium about FBI Director James B. Comey’s firing.
The stunning detail emerged from the Thursday release of the Mueller Report.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told investigators she lied to the press after Comey firing pic.twitter.com/JNN9ObzKFd
— Dorey Scheimer (@DoreyScheimer) April 18, 2019
Sanders admitted to Mueller’s team of investigators that she fabricated claims that she had heard from “countless members of the FBI” that were celebrating Comey’s firing.
Watch the false claim, which Sanders made the false claim shortly after President Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey, below:
— Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) May 10, 2017
According to the Mueller Report, however, “Sanders acknowledge to investigators that her comments were not founded on anything.”
Read the excerpt from Mueller’s report, below:
The President’s draft termination letter also stated that morale in the FBI was at an all-time low and Sanders told the press after Comey’s termination that the White House had heard from “countless” FBI agents who had lost confidence in Comey. But the evidence does not support those claims. The President told Comey at their January 27 dinner that “the people of the FBI really like [hiin],” no evidence suggests that the President heard otherwise before deciding to terminate Camey, and Sanders acknowledged to investigators that her comments were not founded on anything.
She told investigators it was a “slip of the tongue,” made “in the heat of the moment” that “was not founded on anything.”
Remember when Sarah Sanders insisted the White House had heard from "countless" FBI agents who had lost confidence in Comey?
She told investigators it was a "slip of the tongue," made "in the heat of the moment" that "was not founded on anything." pic.twitter.com/scaKyPw1kC
— Vera Bergengruen (@VeraMBergen) April 18, 2019