"He did nothing wrong," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday about the secret payments Donald Trump made to two women during the 2016 Election via his attorney, who just became a convicted felon.
The briefing took place exactly one day after Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen were each convicted in two different federal cases of 8 felonies each.
No big deal.
"He did nothing wrong. There are no charges against him."
Again and again.
Her tone was far more subdued, her language far more cautious, than in previous bellicose briefings in which she berated a room full of TV anchors and press scribes.
The Trump train's going down.
She's covering her ass.
Asked about the possibility of issuing a pardon to Paul Manafort, Sanders said the matter had “nothing to do with the President in any way.”
The line from the WH, now repeated four separate times from her about 10 minutes in: "He did nothing wrong. There are no charges against him."
The White House Press Corps are challenging her and doing the job we need them to do. Watch this briefing.
“As the President has stated on numerous occasions he did nothing wrong. There are no charges against him in this,” press secretary Sarah Sanders says about Michael Cohen's plea deal pic.twitter.com/LgcTmj38r3
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 22, 2018
Asked when Trump "learned" of the payments to McDougal and Daniels, and whether there are any other payments to women, Sanders refuses to answer, refers the media to Trump's outside lawyer.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 22, 2018
SANDERS: "As the president said, we've stated many times, he did nothing wrong, there are no charges against him, and we've commented on this extensively."
Q: "Then why not report these payments?"
SANDERS: "Again, I'm not going to get into the back and forth details." (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/7PMOYZFFSx
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 22, 2018