Sarah Sanders Is Defending Her 'Slip of the Tongue'

She argues that what she said about FBI agents and Comey wasn't untrue
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2019 8:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – There have only been two White House press briefings in 2019. Should Sarah Sanders hold another, she can expect to spend it in the hot seat. The White House press secretary is under fire from journalists in the wake of the release of the Mueller report. It confirms that she made statements from behind the podium that weren't grounded in fact. At issue are two comments made in May 2017. In the first, she asserted that "we've heard from countless members of the FBI" who were glad James Comey was out. A day later, she said, "I've heard from countless members of the FBI that are grateful and thankful for the president's decision."

  • In an interview with Mueller's office, she called the first statement a "slip of the tongue."
  • As for the second comment, she said it was made "in the heat of the moment" and acknowledged to Mueller's team that it was "not founded on anything," per the report.

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