White House press secretary responds to report

Sarah Sanders discusses Trump's alleged efforts to influence the investigation, the other parts of the report Trump takes issue with and her own mention in the report that she lied to American public.
6:10 | 04/19/19

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Let's bring in the white house press secretary Sarah Sanders. Thank you for joining us this morning. Good morning. You said last night that the president is completely exonerated, no collusion, no obstruction, but Robert Mueller explicitly wrote that the report does not exonerate the president and we showed that quote where he lays out that he could not clear the president of obstruction of justice. He couldn't but he left that decision up to the attorney general and he made it. There was no collusion which is what the entire investigation was supposed to be about. It was to determine whether or not the president or anybody on his campaign had colluded with and not only did they determine that the president hadn't and that his campaign didn't but they determined that no American had colluded with Russia. And I find it astonishing that the media isn't thrilled about the fact that no American colluded with a foreign government. It's almost -- you watched over the last 24, 48 hours as members of the Democrat party and liberal media allies were almost sorrowful that something bad didn't happen -- Sarah, that was the first headline -- -- A foreign agent for the Russian government. That was the first headline that we had saying he didn't reach the conclusion there was a criminal conspiracy but what the report also does is expose a culture of lying at the white house, the president lying, telling others to lie and it calls your personal credibility into question as well. We showed that clip from your may 10th press conference where you said it was a slip of the tongue where you talked about countless FBI members yet you repeated it twice the very next day. Here's one of them. I mean, really? So are we talking -- Between email, text messages, yes. We're not going to get into a numbers game. That's not a slip of the tongue, Sarah, that's a deliberate false statement. Actually, if you look at what I said, I said a slip of the tongue was in using the word countless 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 that the white house of that agreement with the president's decision. James Comey was a disgraced leaker and used -- Sarah -- -- Authorization to spy on the trump campaign. I stand by the fact, George -- Sarah, hold on a sect. 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. I said that the word I used countless, and also if you look in what's in quotations from me it's that and 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 democratic party that went out for two and a half years and stated time and time again that there was definitely Russian collusion between the president and his campaign, that they had evidence to show it, and that the president and his team deserved to be in jail, that he shouldn't be in office when really they were the ones that were creating the greatest scandal in the history of our country. In fact, Sarah, what you did -- Sarah, hold on a second. I let you speak. What you did repeat time and time again is that statement. You said that countless FBI officials came to you. You repeated it on separate days on separate occasions, and this was not the only instance the special counsel reported. They also talked about one of the statements you made about the president's statement about the trump tower meeting where you said the president clearly did not dictate that statement, yet the president's lawyers, according to the report, wrote that the president did indeed dictate that statement, so why did you tell the press that the president did not dictate that statement when he did? If you look at the play-by-play account, he weighed in, which I said that he did. He relayed information he wanted included -- Did dictate it? I'm not denying that he had involvement in what the statement said. That was the information I was given at the time and I stated it to the public. The big question here was whether or not the trump campaign colluded with Russia. They didn't. The president didn't. This has been a two and a half year witch hunt that has hurt our country and it should never happen to another American president. It's disgraceful what had taken place and the amount of time, money and interviewing that had been spent on that. You said the president did not dictate that statement after consulting with the president so did he tell you that, and why did you repeat that to the country? Again, as I stated before, he weighed in as anybody would do and that seems consistent with what took place that day. He weighed in on the statement. I know that there were changes that were made ultimately, but the big question -- Sarah, that's just not what happened. You said the president didn't dictate the statement. The president's lawyer said that he did dictate the statement. That's what they wrote. My understanding at the time was that he hadn't dictated but that he weighed in, George. So the president's lawyers aren't telling the truth? I'm sorry, I lost the last part of what you asked. You're asking the president's lawyers weren't telling the truth when they wrote that the president dictated the statement? The information I had was that the president weighed in on the statement which he clearly did. Sarah Sanders, thanks for joining us this morning. The big takeaway that I think we saw yesterday and that we've seen over the last two and a half years is that there wasn't collusion with Russia and it should be a day that every American can celebrate and not be sorrowful like we've seen over the last 48 hours from the Democrats that are actually sad that the president didn't work as a foreign agent, and I hope that you'll push Adam Schiff and some of the others just as hard to produce the evidence that they say they've had over collusion and obstruction and all these other things that they've claimed over the last two and a half years, and I hope that collectively as a country we can move on because great things can happen under this president just as they have over the last two and a half years. Sarah Sanders, thanks for your time this morning.

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