The Mueller report fell with a thud of Washington and as usual, the Democrats found a way to spin it.
They are doing an awkward form of mental gymnastics to keep the conspiracy theory alive, but after going all in for so long they know little else to do.
They went all in on Russia and it turned out there it was a blank. So now they are finding weak lines of attack. George Stephanopoulos had Sarah Sander’s job in the Clinton white house and he certainly did his share of spinning. Which makes his questions just obnoxious.
Enter Sarah Sanders, who promptly shut down his hypocritical line of questioning. From ABC:
They were referring to Sanders’ May 2017 claims that FBI members had “lost confidence in” former FBI Director James Comey. A redacted version of the Mueller report released Thursday said, “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.”
“Actually, if you look at what I said, I said the ‘slip of the tongue’ was in using the word ‘countless,’” Sanders replied to Stephanopoulos, “but there were a number of FBI, both former and current, that agreed with the president’s decision, and they’ve continued to speak out and say that and send notice to the White House of that agreement with the president’s decision.”
“James Comey was a disgraced leaker and used authorization to spy on the Trump campaign despite no evidence of collusion,” she continued. “I stand by the fact, George–“
“Sarah, hold on a second,” Stephanopoulos said, pushing back on Sanders’ claims, which contradict what’s in Mueller’s report.
“The special counsel writes that those comments were ‘not founded on anything.’ That’s what you talked to the special counsel about when you were facing criminal penalties if you didn’t tell the truth, but now you’re trying to walk away from it. Why can’t you acknowledge that what you said then was not true?” he asked.
“I said that the word I used, ‘countless,’ and I also said, if you look at what’s in quotations from me, it’s that and it’s that it was ‘in the heat of moment,’ meaning that it wasn’t a scripted talking point. I’m sorry that I wasn’t a robot like the Democrat Party,” Sanders said.
Pressed repeatedly on her comments on FBI agents, Sarah Sanders tells @GStephanopoulos, "It was the heat of the moment, meaning that it wasn't a scripted talking point. I'm sorry that I wasn't a robot like the Democratic Party" was about Mueller probe. https://t.co/mOQZNKl1wy pic.twitter.com/y3xcNwVYHg
— ABC News (@ABC) April 19, 2019