Sarah Sanders Denies Admitting to Mueller She Lied: ‘I’m Sorry I Wasn’t a Robot!’

Sarah Sanders Denies Admitting to Mueller She Lied: ‘I’m Sorry I Wasn’t a Robot!’

What happens when White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gets grilled about her history of lying by a TV talking head who is not Sean Hannity?

Sanders appeared on Good Morning America on Friday to defend herself in the wake of the Mueller report’s revelation that she lied when she told the press that “countless” FBI agents had reached out in the wake of the firing of former director James Comey in May of 2017 to say how happy they were he had been dismissed. The Mueller news has journalists, especially those who deal with her on a daily basis such as White House reporter April Ryan, questioning her credibility and calling for her to be fired.

Sanders had told Mueller that her comment was “a slip of the tongue.” George Stephanopoulos was not having it.

“You repeated it twice,” Stephanopoulos told Sanders before playing one of those instances. He continued, “That’s not a slip of the tongue, Sarah, that’s a deliberate false statement.”

Sanders said she only slipped by using the word “countless.” Stephanopoulos replied that the special counsel’s report says otherwise and asks why she seems to have been truthful under oath but is now lying again on national television.

“I’m sorry that I wasn’t a robot like the Democrat Party and went out for two and a half years and stated time and time again that there was definitely Russian collusion…that they had evidence to show it…when really they were the ones who were creating the greates scandal in the history of our country,” Sanders filibustered in return.

Stephanopoulos kept after her, noting another Mueller revelation that she lied about the president’s dictation of a statement about the infamous Trump Tower meeting from June of 2016. After a little more back and forth, Sanders got back to her talking points, finishing up the interview with a rant about how Americans should celebrate Trump’s alleged exoneration.

Here is the takeaway: under oath and facing a criminal penalty if she lies, Sarah Huckabee Sanders will tell the truth. On national TV, when the penalty is losing all her credibility and maybe getting yelled at by Trump, she goes back to telling the same lies to the American people. It’s a living.

Watch the interview up top, via ABC.

Gary Legum

Gary Legum

Gary Legum has written about politics and culture for Independent Journal Review, Salon, The Daily Beast, Wonkette, AlterNet and McSweeney's, among others. He currently lives in his native state of Virginia.