The term applies to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders and her misleading statements from the press briefing room podium.
In her conversation with Burnett, Ryan said it is wrong for Sanders to make reference to the phrase "fake news" when she has been spreading falsehoods. In a separate press interview, she made similar comments, later claiming they were made "in the heat of the moment" and weren't founded on anything, according to the report that was released Thursday.
Though the president may have no problem with Sanders' alternative facts, it's worth remembering her salary is paid by the American people - who should be able to trust what comes out of the presidential spokesperson's mouth.
Sanders made the initial claim during a televised press briefing on May 10, 2017, one day after Comey was sacked by President Donald Trump.
"I can speak to my own personal experience, I've heard from countless members of the F.B.I. that are grateful and thankful for the president's decision", she Sanders.
Mueller's office "concluded the evidence was insufficient to prove Sessions was willfully untruthful" in his answers and not enough proof existed to "obtain or sustain a conviction for perjury or false statements".
As for the second comment, she said it was made "in the heat of the moment" and acknowledged to Mueller's team that it was "not founded on anything", per the report.
She told Good Morning America that the only trouble was the word "countless", and immediately spun off into yet more lying and dissembling.Читайте также: The Wait Is Over: Mueller Report To Be Released Thursday
This is not the only inaccuracy provided by Trump's press secretaries documented in Mueller's report. Ryan, appearing emotionally distraught and angry, also suggested to CNN host Erin Burnett that Sanders is in-part responsible for threats she and her colleagues in the media have faced. "The DOJ [Department of Justice] lost confidence in Director Comey".
The next day, Sanders' claims were refuted by then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who testified under oath before the Senate Intelligence Committee that "I can confidently tell you that the majority, the vast majority of FBI employees enjoyed a deep and positive connection to Director Comey".
Ryan was referring to the fact that Sanders told the press in May of 2017, just after the firing of Comey, that "countless" Federal Bureau of Investigation agents had lost confidence in Comey, but the recently released report by Mueller indicated that Sanders told government investigators that her claim was "a slip of the tongue" and "not founded on anything".
"Accordingly, the president accepted the recommendation of his deputy attorney general to remove James Comey from his position", she added. Sanders should be held accountable for lying to the American people.
Everything Sanders said was a lie, confirms the redacted Mueller report released Thursday.
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