Donald Trump’s White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is an admitted liar.
The Justice Department released on Thursday a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited 400-plus-page report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. According to the report, when Sanders faced the press at two different press conferences in May of 2017 to explain Trump’s firing of James Comey as FBI director, she told bald-faced lies.
On May 10, 2017, Sanders said that Trump “had countless conversations with members from within the FBI” and learned that “the rank and file of the FBI had lost confidence in their director.”
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 FBI, as evidenced by the numerous comments that we’ve seen from Democrat members in the House and Senate, Republican members, members of the FBI, and people across the board.”
The next day, Sanders’ claims were refuted by then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who testified under oath before the Senate Intelligence Committee that “I can confidently tell you that the majority, the vast majority of FBI employees enjoyed a deep and positive connection to Director Comey.”
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.
“I have heard from countless members of the FBI that are grateful and thankful for the president’s decision and I think we may have to agree to disagree,” Sanders said. “I can speak to my own personal experience,” she added.
According to Mueller’s report, however, there is “substantial evidence” to indicate that Trump fired Comey for refusing to publicly state that the president wasn’t personally under investigation.