The Latest: Sanders says no culture of lying at White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and President Donald Trump (all times local):
President Donald Trump’s spokeswoman Sarah Sanders is pushing back on allegations that special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report exposed a culture of lying at the White House.
Sanders also disputed allegations that she misled the media when she said that “countless” members of the FBI had lost confidence in FBI Director James Comey, which led to his firing.
Sanders had told reporters after Comey’s 2017 dismissal that she had heard from “countless” members of the FBI who welcomed the president’s decision.
She told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday that her word “countless” was a “slip of the tongue” made in the “heat of the moment.”
Democratic House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, also speaking on ABC, said the Mueller report clearly outlines “a culture of lying” inside the White House.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler says he expects to issue a subpoena within a few hours for special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election meddling and President Donald Trump.
The New York Democrat told ABC’s “Good Morning America” Friday that he is preparing a subpoena not only for Mueller’s complete report, but also for the underlying documents, including grand jury evidence.
He said, “We need the entire report, unredacted, and the underlying documents in order to make informed decisions.”
Attorney General William Barr sent the Mueller report to Congress, with some material redacted, including grand jury information. Grand jury evidence, including witness interviews, is normally off limits but can be obtained in court.
President Donald Trump sought the removal of special counsel Robert Mueller, discouraged witnesses from cooperating with prosecutors and prodded aides to mislead the public on his behalf.
That’s according to a hugely anticipated report from Mueller that details multiple efforts the president made to curtail a Russia probe he feared would cripple his administration.
Mueller writes that Trump’s attempts to seize control of the investigation, and directions to others on how to influence it, “were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests.”
Mueller’s two-volume, 448-page redacted report was finally released Thursday.