UPDATED 9:08 AM PT – Friday, April 19, 2019
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is on defense after a statement in the Mueller report suggested she lied to the press after James Comey’s firing.
In an interview Friday, Sanders was grilled by former Clinton adviser George Stephanopoulas, who pressed her on her statement in 2017 that “countless FBI officials” were unhappy with the leadership of James Comey. This was later discovered to be an unfounded claim.
Sanders pushed back, saying the report states that she told Mueller it was a “slip of the tongue” and she said it “in the heat of the moment.”
“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 it was in the heat of the moment — meaning it wasn’t a scripted talking point,” Sanders explained. “I’m sorry I wasn’t a robot like the Democrat Party that went out for two and a half years and stated, time and time again, that there was definitely Russian collusion between the President and his campaign, that they had evidence to show it and that the president and his team deserved to be in jail…they were the ones who were creating the greatest scandal in the history of our country.”
Sanders also said former and current FBI officials continue to send the White House praise for dismissing Comey from the bureau.