Here Are 7 Times The Mueller Report Busted Sean Spicer And Sarah Sanders For Lying

The Mueller report is nearly 400 pages long, with the unredacted version hopefully still to come, so fully dissecting it is going to take a while. That being said, Vox has already found at least seven occasions in which Trump’s press secretaries (Sean Spicer and then Sarah Huckabee Sanders) were blatantly lying to the White House press, and by extension, the American people.

Vox noted that the lies listed are only those which were apparently so rank that it warranted a mention in a report that was supposed to be about Donald Trump colluding with Russia and obstructing justice. Blatantly lying to the people isn’t considered obstruction of justice, though maybe it should be.

“If the Mueller report is a testimony to just how big the difference is between ‘unequivocally a crime’ and ‘an okay thing to do’ — and arguably it is — having your press people lie routinely and without apparent regret about important things is a pretty representative motif,” writes Vox Senior Correspondent Dara Lind. “No one would argue that what Spicer or Sanders are documented doing here is criminally chargeable, but it’s still bad for democracy.”

The Vox article goes deeper into each lie, but here’s the short version:

  1. Sean Spicer lied when he said that Donald Trump was the one who decided to fire Michael Flynn because “a level of trust between the President and General Flynn had eroded.” In reality, then-White House Counsel Don McGahn and then-White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus decided to fire him because evidence was mounting that Flynn has lied about the meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
  2. Sarah Sanders lied when she said that Trump “would never even suggest the expectation of personal loyalty” after Comey claimed he did just that. Not only did Trump likely demand loyalty from Comey as the former FBI director stated, he didn’t have any problem with the idea of doing so, saying “who cares?”
  3. Spicer lied when he said Trump had nothing to do with Comey’s firing. In reality, Trump made the decision on May 5, 2017 and even drafted the dismissal letter himself, though that draft was scrapped.
  4. Sanders lied when she said Trump didn’t decide to fire Comey until he saw a letter from Rosenstein. The story changed on Comey’s firing quite a few times.
  5. Sanders lied when she said that Sessions and Rosenstein came to Trump directly with concerns about Comey and that’s why Trump fired him. Sessions and Rosenstein reportedly had concerns but didn’t express them to Trump until he was already in the process of getting Comey fired.
  6. Sanders lied when she said that “countless” FBI agents had come to her saying they didn’t support Comey anymore and were glad when he was fired. This is the one that Sanders herself admitted to because it was that rank.
  7. Sanders lied when she said Trump “certainly didn’t dictate” the statement that lied about the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in 2016. The statement said the meeting was only about adoption programs, which was a lie, and Trump wrote it with the help of Hope Hicks.

There you go, a short list of lies that will certainly grow longer in the days to come. Of course, no one is at all surprised that the report found Trump cronies have been lying.


How many lies will the Mueller report reveal? Get your bets in now. Aim high.