WASHINGTON — White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Tuesday stood by her claim that the FBI ambushed Michael Flynn, even after the former national security adviser maintained that he was guilty and accepted responsibility for making false statements to investigators.
“The FBI broke standard protocol in the way that they came in and ambushed General Flynn, and in the way that they questioned him, and in the way that they encouraged him not to have White House Counsel’s Office present,” Sanders said during a press briefing Tuesday.
Flynn pleaded guilty last year to misleading the FBI over conversations he had with then-Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.
Last week, Flynn’s attorneys released a memo suggesting that Flynn was essentially tricked into lying to two agents who interviewed him at the White House.
Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team rejected this, stating that the investigation was standard and that Flynn, a retired lieutenant general, should have known better.
Mueller’s office also released documents Monday detailing the meeting.
During an appearance in court Tuesday, Flynn was pressed on his legal team’s memo, but ultimately acknowledged that he did know it was illegal and that he stands by his guilty plea.
Sanders pointed fingers at James Comey, who oversaw the FBI at the time Flynn was investigated, claiming that he had shown political bias while at the agency. Trump fired Comey on May 9.