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.
The #MuellerReport managed to incidentally document at least 7 instances of Trump’s press secretaries lying, 4 of them in the 24 hours after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. https://t.co/3itQ9EWvBW
— Vox (@voxdotcom) April 18, 2019
“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:
- 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.
- 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?”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
BREAKING NEWS! pic.twitter.com/ilY6DuGri9
— Bolton Mustache (@MustacheTrumped) April 18, 2019
Question is when does she tell the truth?
— Andrea Reynolds (@AndreaR20347296) April 18, 2019
If Trump or his representatives tell us the sun rises in the west and sets in the east, do we need an FBI report to tell us they are lying?
They lie all the time, like breathing, fire-hosing us so that lies becomes status quo and something "extra" is needed for anyone to notice.
— David H Braun (@RealDavidHBraun) April 18, 2019
Did she ever have any?
— Lainey_1984 (@Traciecurtis84) April 19, 2019
C'mon now. Don't you know that you just tell they're lying simply because they're lips are moving? #fakepresident
— Mike Steffancin (@MSteffancin) April 19, 2019
And those are only the lies related to this specific investigation. @PressSec needs to resign for being a traitor to the American people.
— Jeff Abbott (@not_me_on) April 18, 2019
She acts like everyone is beneath this administration, like everyone should be ashamed of thinking the worst, yet she flat out lies about everything, including the good people that serve the country with dedication, honesty and without pomp. This admin has no shame.
— Donna Garness (@Donna_Garness) April 19, 2019
Wait, only 7?
Mueller phoned this one in didn't he…
— Michael Resistance (@Rise_and_Resist) April 18, 2019
That's hardly a surprise. The most important qualification you need to work for Trump is to have NO INTEGRITY!
— Tope Peters (@MrTope) April 19, 2019
I'd be more impressed if they intentionally documented a time when she told the truth. The best proctologists in the world couldn't find the truth amidst the bullshit up that asshole.
— Fabian Ⓥ (@JustASpaniel) April 18, 2019
This is news to no one but Trump supporters.
— Brian Stinson (@BigRam75) April 18, 2019
Sean Spicer and Sarah Sanders were hired to lie.
Many of their lies have been so easy to spot that it has been really embarrassing.
To their defense, it is difficult to defend the liar-in-chief without repeating some of his lies.
What was that about "draining the swamp" again?
— Robert (@banan1234) April 18, 2019
She is a sham. She is aggressive, condescending, and rude during every single interaction with the press. They are doing thier job; questioning her statements.
Everyone knew she was a liar. The only thing new here is we have it print, under sworn testimony, from her own mouth.
— ??MJ (@NotThisGurl) April 18, 2019
How many lies will the Mueller report reveal? Get your bets in now. Aim high.