Ryan, a CNN political analyst, told CNN anchor Erin Burnett Thursday night that Sanders should be canned because the recently released report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on the administration's potential involvement with Russian Federation shows Sanders lied about the spring 2017 firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.
- White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in a Friday interview disputed allegations detailed in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's newly released report that she lied to reporters in the wake of former FBI Director James Comey's firing, saying what Mueller and his investigators labeled as an untruth was merely a "slip of the tongue".
The comments Ryan referred to happened in response to so-called "pie-gate" back in 2017, when Ryan questioned the authenticity of a pie picture Sanders had tweeted.
Stephanopoulos further pointed out that, as the Mueller report noted, Sanders continued to say that "countless" Federal Bureau of Investigation employees had thanked Trump in other instances, not just the press briefing where Sanders said she had spoken "in the heat of the moment". In the first, she asserted that "we've heard from countless members of the FBI" who were glad James Comey was out.
Sanders responded: "Well, I can speak to my own personal experience".
According to the Mueller report, that's just plain false.
Although combative press conferences are commonplace in President Donald Trump's White House, Ryan has a long history of verbal spats with Sanders and the Trump administration. "But the President had made a decision to fire Comey before the White House solicited those recommendations".
Earlier in the morning, Trump expressed frustration with associates who cooperated with Mueller's investigation, contending that their notes and first-hand observations "never existed until needed", while calling the statements in the report "total bullshit & only given to make the other person look good (or me to look bad)".
In her appearance on "GMA", Sanders told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that the "countless" part of her claim was an exaggeration, and really only a few agents had called to thank the president. She hasn't quite admitted lying; she's still lying about her lie. "That's a taxpayer funded press secretary". She is actively telling a lie. Doing so from behind the White House podium is indefensible. She has been caught red-handed lying to the press and the American people. "If specific individuals were discussed, they would have been those known to the Committee, the White House, and the media". A press secretary with no integrity shouldn't have a platform.
She continued: "I am getting the biggest laugh out of this".
Of course, an honest person can not be Trump's press secretary, because it's not possible to speak for Trump to the press without lying.
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