The White House press, Sarah Sanders, admitted her claim to a press conference on & # 39; countless members & # 39; of the FBI behind the firing of James Comey was not based, as the Mueller report revealed.
Lying to Mueller's investigators would have been a crime punishable up to five years in federal prison. Lying to reporters is not a crime – although Sanders has told Mueller agents that she was not going to mislead.
Sanders made the first claim at a television press conference on May 10, 2017, a day after Comey was fired by President Donald Trump.
When asked about her comments by Robert Mueller's special office, Sanders admitted that she had a & # 39; slip of the tongue & # 39; had made an apparent attempt to avoid possible perjury charges.
The White House press, Sarah Sanders, admitted her claim to a press briefing about & # 39; countless members & # 39; of the FBI who had lost faith in James Comey was not based, the Mueller report showed Thursday. Sanders is depicted in the briefing on 10 May 2017
Trump & # 39; s decision to dismiss FBI director James Comey (right) was one of the ten items that Mueller & # 39; s team investigated when investigating possible obstruction of the law by the president (left)
& # 39; Sanders told reporters that the President, the Department of Justice, and ambiguous members of the congress had lost faith in Comey & # 39;[a]Most importantly, the FBI had lost faith in its director. Accordingly, the President accepted the recommendation of his Deputy Attorney General to remove James Comey from office, "said the Mueller report.
& # 39; In response to questions from journalists, Sanders said that Rosenstein & # 39; only & # 39; decided to review Comey's performance and that Rosenstein decided & # 39; come to the president on Monday 8 May on his own to express his concern about Comey.
& # 39; When a reporter indicated that the & # 39; vast majority & # 39; of FBI agents supported Comey, Sanders said: & # 39; Look, we've heard from countless FBI members who say very different things. & # 39; & # 39;
After the press conference, Sanders was praised by Trump for her performance on stage.
She later told the special council office that her commentary about hearing & # 39; countless members of the FBI & # 39; a & # 39; slip of the tongue & # 39; according to the Mueller report.
& # 39; She also recalled that her statement in a separate press interview that ordinary FBI agents had lost faith in Comey was a comment she & # 39; in the heat of the moment made & # 39; that was not based on anything, & # 39; according to the report.
Trump's decision to fire Comey was one of the ten items that Mueller & # 39; s team investigated when investigating possible obstruction of justice by the president.
He initially said that Comey was shot because: & # 39; Very simply, he did not do well. & # 39;
In a later interview with NBC News, Trump specifically stated that the ongoing investigation into his campaign was the reason to dismiss Comey.
& # 39; When I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, "You know, this Russia event with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it's an excuse of the Democrats for losing a election they should have won, "said the president.
According to the Mueller report: & # 39; The President's cancellation letter … stated that morale in the FBI was on the back burner … But the evidence does not support these claims.
& # 39; The president told Comey during their January 27 dinner that & # 39; the people of the FBI really like it [Comey]".
& # 39; No evidence suggests that the president had heard otherwise before deciding to end Comey. & # 39;
The report also reported that Trump fired Comey because the FBI director refused to publicly indict him.
The 448-page report by Robert Müller & # 39; s two-year investigation into Russian election intervention was announced on Thursday
The Mueller team finally opted not to draw conclusions about the allegations of the obstruction, and stated in the report: & If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit an obstruction of justice, we would put it that way.
& # 39; However, based on the facts and applicable legal standards, we cannot reach that judgment.
& # 39; The evidence we have obtained about the President's actions and intent contains difficult issues that prevent us from definitively establishing that no criminal behavior has taken place.
& # 39; Although this report does not conclude that the president has committed a crime, it does not relieve him either.
However, Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided that Trump did not commit any crime.
& # 39; After careful assessment of the facts and legal theories outlined in the report, and in consultation with the Office of Legal Counsel and other Department Lawyers, the Deputy Attorney General concluded that the evidence developed by the Special Counsel is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction of justice, & Barr stated during a press conference 90 minutes before the edited report was announced on Thursday.
Attorney General William Barr stated at a press conference Thursday morning prior to the publication of the report that there was no evidence that Trump obstructed justice