White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday accused the FBI of breaking “every standard protocol that they have” in order to make a case that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied to federal investigators.
Just minutes before Flynn was set to be sentenced in federal court, Sanders appeared on Fox News and echoed the concerns President Donald Trump has expressed about special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecution of the former national security adviser.
“We don’t have expectations but certainly we have a lot of concerns,” Sanders said of the sentencing hearing.
According to the White House press secretary, the FBI “broke every standard protocol that they have” when they interviewed Flynn about his connections with Russians during 2016.
“We know that because of [former FBI Director] James Comey’s actual comments that they threw FBI protocol out the window for one reason only, because it was the Trump administration and they thought they could and could get away with it,” Sanders stated incorrectly. “It gives a lot of concern how this was conducted. They even convinced Michael Flynn not to include White House counsel’s office in the interview. A lot of problems here and we’ll see what the judge does later today.”
Sanders went on to claim that Flynn had been “ambushed” by the FBI.
“And the FBI we know had clear political bias,” she insisted. “We’ve seen that time and time again. One thing we’re 100 percent sure on — the president made the right decision in firing James Comey because every day we learn more and more all of the things that he did that were so far out of bounds for what the FBI director should do. And we’ll see how that plays out in court today.”
“Certainly that’s one thing that we’re 100 percent certain about,” she added.