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Then, Stelter prefaced his panel segment with a blistering commentary about Sanders and the Trump White House.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended her past remarks about Federal Bureau of Investigation agents' frustration with then-Director James Comey after coming under fire over revelations from special counsel Robert Mueller's report that she made misleading statements.

"Accordingly, the President accepted the recommendation of his deputy attorney general to remove James Comey from his position", Sanders said.

The Mueller team, who had been investigating whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey, noted in the report that Sanders admitted to misstatements, but said they were a "slip of the tongue", and that the claims were made defensively, "in the heat of the moment", but were not based on any evidence, according to The Hill.

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In the Mueller Report, which was released publicly on Thursday, investigators noted that Sanders admitted to making multiple false statements to reporters regarding Comey's firing, including that "countless" Federal Bureau of Investigation agents had lost confidence in Comey's ability to do his job.

Mr Trump backed down and later publicly acknowledged he meant to fire Mr Comey regardless of Mr Rosenstein's memo after unnamed Justice Department officials "made clear to him" that they would "resist" the bogus justification, Mr Mueller said.

Those specific claims were that "countless members of the FBI" had lost confidence in former FBI Director James Comey. Sanders responded that she had, citing email and text message conversations, but declined to give a specific number of people who she had spoken with to the reporter.

Wallace said, "I think the William Barr to make a conclusion on the question of obstruction, seems even more troubling, and perhaps even more politically charged when you read the report".

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"Look, we're not going to get into a numbers game".

During an NBC News interview after Comey was sacked, Trump admitted to network anchor Lester Holt that he had ultimately chose to fire Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation. As described in Volume I, the evidence uncovered in the investigation did not establish that the President or those close to him were involved in the charged Russian computer-hacking or the active-measure conspiracies, or that the President otherwise had an unlawful relationship with any Russian official.

"When I made a decision to just do it, I said to myself, I said: 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won", Trump said. "But it wasn't, Sanders made similar claims multiple times on two different days".

She acknowledged to Mueller's team that her comments weren't true.

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