At a White House press briefing, ABC correspondent Jon Karl called out Sean Spicer’s replacement, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, for being either “in the dark” or “misled.”
Karl explains that he asked Sanders “directly” yesterday if Trump had already decided to fire James Comey by the time he met with the Deputy Attorney General and Attorney General, and she said “no.” The Vice President also said “directly that the President acted to take the recommendation of the Deputy Attorney General to remove the FBI Director.” Sean Spicer said directly “that it was all [the Deputy Attorney General].”
“Now, we learn from the President directly that he had already decided to fire James Comey. So why were so many people giving answers that just weren’t correct? Were you guys in the dark? Was the Vice President misled again?”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, realizing that her lie was exposed, gave this fractured answer:
“I think it’s pretty simple. I hadn’t had a chance to have the conversation directly with the President to say—I’d had several conversations with him, but I didn’t ask that question directly…. I went off of the information that I had when I answered your question. I’ve since had the conversation with him, right before I walked on today, and he laid it out very clearly. He had already made that decision… the recommendation that he got from the Deputy Attorney General just further solidified his decision, and again reaffirmed that he made the right one.”
Sanders admits, in effect, that she spoke without verifiable information. Rather than tell the press corps that she didn’t know when Trump had made the decision to fire Comey, she instead chose to perpetuate a false narrative, proving once again that the White House has little, if any, regard for facts.
While Sanders and the rest of the Trump administration scramble to realign their stories with that of the President, it is important to note that only one day earlier, Comey asked for more resources for the investigation into Trump. To pretend that Trump fired Comey “for his handling of Clinton’s e-mails” or “in deference to his Deputy Attorney General” is to remain purposefully ignorant; Trump sensed that Comey was ramping up his investigation and, in an act of desperation, tried to derail his own impending demise.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the rest of the White House can pretend like they don’t smell smoke, but the house is burning down around them.
Watch the entire exchange below:
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.