Transcript for Sarah Huckabee Sanders to exit as Trump's press secretary
but we do begin with that unexpected departure at the white house today. President trump revealing late today that his long-time press secretary, Sarah Sanders, who has defended him for so long, will be stepping down. Her duties often went beyond what we see from a press secretary, by the president's side just days ago at Buckingham palace for dinner with the but she has faced criticism, the Mueller report, for one, questioning he credibility. So, why leave, why now? ABC's chief white house correspondent Jonathan Karl leading us off. Reporter: An unwavering defender of the president, beloved by his supporters, despised by his enemies, Sarah Sanders is moving on. She's done an incredible job. We've been through a lot together. And she's tough. But she's good. It's one of the greatest jobs I could ever have. I've loved every minute, even the hard minutes. Reporter: She served trump for three and a half tumultuous years, recently coming under intense criticism for what she said at a white house briefing shortly after the president fired FBI director James Comey. The rank and file of the FBI had lost confidence in their director. What gives you such confidence that the rank and file within the bureau lost faith in the FBI director? Look, we've heard from countless members of the FBI that say very different things. Reporter: Special counsel Robert Mueller singled out that comment in his final report, directly raising questions about her credibility. "Sanders told this office that her reference to hearing from countless members of the FBI was a slip of the tongue," Mueller wrote. "She also recalled that her statement in a separate press interview that rank and file FBI agents had lost confidence in Comey was a comment she made in the heat of the moment, it was not founded on anything." Sanders' briefings were often heated and combative as she clashed with the white house eventually she stopped doing the last briefing, more than three months ago. But as she took a lower public profile, she became one of the president's closest and most important advisers. She is one of the few white house aides who traveled with the president on every single foreign trip he has made, attending his meeting with Kim Jong-un, sitting next to prince Charles at a dinner with the president just last week in London. And Jon Karl with us live tonight from the white house. And Jon, Sarah Sanders has three small children, as we know. She says she's moving back to Arkansas. We also point out tonight that there's news about another one of the president's top advisers, his counselor, Kelly Anne Reporter: A federal watchdog, David, has found that kellyanne Conway violated, accused her of violating federal law by engaging in political activity on the job. This group has issued a report saying that she should be fired. The white house says that is just not going to happen, and they insist that kellyanne Conway has done absolutely nothing wrong.
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