White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders admitted to investigators that she made up comments about FBI agents having lost confidence in former Director James Comey – calling it a “slip of the tongue.”
The admission came on page 72, of Volume Two of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, and referred to a May 10, 2017, briefing Sanders gave the day after President Donald Trump fired Comey, who'd been overseeing the FBI probe of Moscow’s interference.
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The report stated Sanders 'fessed up that her declaration that agents had lost confidence in Comey was made “‘in the heat of the moment’” and that it “wasn’t founded on anything.”
Here’s how the Mueller report described it:
“When a reporter indicated the ‘vast majority’ of FBI agents supported Comey, Sanders said, ‘Look, we’ve heard from countless members of the FBI that say very different things.’
“Following the press conference, Sanders talked to the President, who told her she did a good job and did not point out any inaccuracies in her comments.
“Sanders told this Office that her reference to hearing from ‘countless members of the FBI’ was a ‘slip of the tongue.’ She also recalled that her statement in a separate press interview that rank-and-file FBI agents had lost confidence in Comey was a comment she made ‘in the heat of the moment’ that was not founded on anything.”
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