On May 10, when a reporter pushed back on Sanders' claim that "the rank and file of the FBI had lost confidence in their director", and quoted an FBI special agent who said "the vast majority of the bureau is in favor of Director Comey", she said "Look, we've heard from countless members of the FBI that say very different things".
The Mueller report says that Sanders told the special counsel's team that her words were "a slip of the tongue". She has been caught red-handed lying to the press and the American people. The Mueller report reveals that she confessed that these sweeping statements were simply made up (and these fictions had nothing to do with the president's decision to fire him, which was Sanders' claim).
"It's fire me Thursday or fire me Good Friday. She needs to go".
"Stephanopoulos, a former White House communications director under Bill Clinton, interrupted, saying: "[You admitted] those comments weren't founded on anything, when you faced criminal penalty".
"This now documented, on-the-record, under-oath episode, I think it completely obliterates her credibility", said Kyle Pope, editor-in-chief and publisher of Columbia Journalism Review.
"I just read to you about the Mueller report", the ABC host insisted. "It once again proves why this journalist isn't taken seriously". And I think that we may have to agree to disagree.
The following day, Sanders spoke to reporters at the daily White House press briefing, reading from a prepared statement that alleged that the president, members of Congress, the Department of Justice, and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents had all "lost confidence" in Comey. "The President has been completely exonerated; no collusion, no obstruction", said Sanders. Sanders said she "never had somebody say that I should be decapitated" after April Ryan called for her to be fired. One reporter asked what basis the White House had for that conclusion, given that the FBI's acting director had publicly said that Comey still had the support among the FBI's agents.
"We are talking about what the president said", Raddatz pressed.
To that end, however, the White House has not yet floated proposals for those issues that could get out of the Democratic-controlled House.