White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday night explained her false assertion to the media that President Trump dumped top G-man after “countless” FBI agents had lost confidence in him.
“I acknowledge that I had a slip of the tongue when I used the word ‘countless’ but it’s not untrue … that a number of both current and former FBI agents agreed with the president,” Sanders told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday night, according to The Hill.
Sanders’ admission came hours after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report, which showed she told his investigators that she misled the press about why Trump fired the FBI director.
“The president’s draft termination letter … 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,” the report said.
“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 [Comey],’” Mueller’s 448-page report continued.
“No evidence suggests that the president heard otherwise before deciding to terminate Comey, and Sanders acknowledged to investigators that her comments were not founded on anything.”
According to the report, the president axed Comey in May 2017 because he would not publicly exonerate him.
On Thursday night, Sanders defended Trump’s decision to fire Comey.
“James Comey was a disgraced leaker who tried to politicize and undermine the very agency he was supposed to run,” she told Hannity. “Firing James Comey remains one of the best decisions that the president made.”