Sarah Sanders' controversial legacy as press secretary

The White House press briefings all but disappeared during Sanders' tenure, and her credibility was sometimes called into question.
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house we're seeing a major shake-up in the inner circle. Sarah Sanders stepping down as press secretary. Her role in the administration, of course, not without controversy. Our chief white house correspondent Jon Karl has more on all this. Reporter: Good morning. This is a big loss for the president. He is not just losing a press secretary, he is losing one of his most fiercely loyal and longest serving advisers in the west wing. After nearly two years as white house press secretary, Sarah Sanders is moving on. She's done an incredible job. We have been through a lot together and she's tough but she's good. Reporter: Her press briefings were often contentious as she did battle with the white house press corps. Bipartisan -- Reporter: More recently the briefings have all but disappeared. The last one more than three months ago but while Sanders took a lower public profile, she also became one of the president's closest advisers, almost always by his side. It's one of the greatest jobs I could ever have. I've loved every minute even the hard minutes. Reporter: She was with president trump during both of his summits with Kim Jong-un. A highly unusual if not unprecedented role for a white house press secretary. And just last week she sat right next to prince Charles at the dinner the president had at the U.S. Ambassadors' residence in London. Sanders was an unwavering defender of the president, though her credibility was sometimes called Florida question. I asked you directly yesterday if the president had already decided to fire James Comey when he met with the deputy attorney general and attorney general and you said, no. 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. I think it's pretty simple. I hadn't had a chance to have the conversation directly with the president. Reporter: Her public statements regarding the firing of former FBI director Comey were brought under scrutiny in the Mueller report. When asked by the special counsel's office that rank and file FBI agents lost confidence in Comey, Sanders said she made that comment, quote, in 9 heat of the moment and it was not founded on anything. Beloved by trump supporters and despised by his enemies and parodied on "Saturday night live." Halloween is over but I see some of you guys are still in your journalist costumes. Reporter: Sanders who has three children under the age of 10 says she will be going back to her home state of Arkansas. She also does not rule out a future in politics, perhaps even one day running for governor of Arkansas. George, Cecilia, Michael. Interesting. There's some speculation they might not own replace her because she didn't fill the role of a traditional secretary after she stopped those briefings. May not need another press secretary to replace her. It's very possible and, Jon, meantime, Jon, the president has another top official under fire, kellyanne Conway, one of his top aides by a watch dog who said she broke the law. Reporter: It is a different office than Robert Mueller. A different federal agency that looks at whether or not federal employees are violating something called the hatch act which says you cannot do politics in your official capacity and this agency says that she did that repeatedly and actually says that the president should fire her, George. That is not going to happen. The white house is strongly defending kellyanne Conway saying that she has done nothing wrong. A letter from the white house counsel, thanks, Jon. Michael. We turn to the latest on

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