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Sarah Sanders Defends ‘Countless FBI Agents’ Comment: ‘It Was In The Heat Of The Moment’

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Neetu Chandak Education and Politics Reporter

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Friday during an appearance on “Good Morning America” that her comment on FBI agents’ confidence loss over former FBI director James Comey in 2017 was made “in the heat of the moment.”

“I said that the word I used, ‘countless,’ and I also said if you look at what’s in quotations from me, it’s that, and that it was in the heat of the moment, meaning that it wasn’t a scripted talking point,” Sanders said.

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“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,” she continued.

“James Comey was a disgraced leaker and used authorization to spy on the Trump campaign despite [that] there was no evidence of collusion,” Sanders said.

Sanders made the “countless” FBI comment while defending Trump’s decision to fire Comey during a May 2017 press briefing.

“Well, look, we’ve heard from countless members of the FBI that say very different things,” Sanders told CBS News reporter Steven Portnoy. “In fact, the president will be meeting with Acting Director [Andrew] McCabe later today to discuss that very thing, the morale at the FBI as well as make an offer to go directly to the FBI.”

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Sanders had kept that stance during a press briefing the following day as well. (RELATED: Attorney General Barr Released Redacted Mueller Report)

“Sanders told this Office that her reference to hearing from ‘countless members of the FBI’ was a ‘slip of the tongue,'” the Mueller report stated. “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’ that was not founded on anything.”

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