Comey slams Sarah Sanders's 'slip of the tongue' about his firing
Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGOP senator calls Comey a ‘hack politician’ who ‘knows what’s coming’ Comey: ‘The FBI doesn’t spy, the FBI investigates’ Nadler threatens McGahn with contempt over failure to turn over documents MORE on Thursday addressed a portion of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE‘s report in which White House press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersLive coverage: House panel moves forward with Barr contempt vote Mueller’s facts vs Trump’s spin Trump says he was called ‘the greatest hostage negotiator this country has ever had’ MORE Sanders acknowledged misleading the press about Comey’s firing.
“I wasn’t shocked, I knew it was a lie when it was first said at the time. And it was, I guess, gratifying to see the special counsel have her admit that it was,” Comey said at a CNN town hall.
The former FBI director was addressing Sanders’s assertions shortly after his firing in 2017 in which she claimed that “countless” rank-and-file FBI agents had lost confidence in him. She has since said that her misstatements were a “slip of the tongue.”
“I gather she’s back on saying ‘slip of the tongue’ again,” Comey told CNN’s Anderson Cooper during the town hall on Thursday. “And if I need to explain to you what her deal is, I can’t help you.”
Sanders made the comments when seeking to explain President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcMaster accuses some in White House of being a ‘danger to the Constitution’ Trump predicts Dem investigation will drive him to 2020 win Trump hits O’Rourke: ‘Boy has he fallen like a rock’ MORE‘s firing of Comey in 2017.
“The DOJ [Department of Justice] lost confidence in Director Comey. Bipartisan members of Congress made it clear that they had lost confidence in Director Comey. And most importantly, the rank and file of the FBI had lost confidence in their director,” said during a press briefing at the time.
She later told investigators with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team that she made false statements about the firing, as a “slip of the tongue” and “in the heat of the moment,” according to the report.
CNN held its town hall with Comey on the 2-year anniversary of his firing.