CNN political analyst April Ryan called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg on Mueller report: 'Politically, I'm not sure it will change much' Sarah Sanders addresses false statements detailed in Mueller report: 'A slip of the tongue' Trump to visit Japan in May to meet with Abe, new emperor MORE to fire White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday night, alleging Sanders “lied” following the public release of the Mueller report.
“Not only does she not have any credibility left, she lied,” Ryan told CNN anchor Erin Burnett. “She outright lied and the people, the American people can't trust her. They can't trust what's said from the president's mouthpiece, spokesperson, from the people's house.
"Therefore, she should be let go. She should be fired. End of story," said Ryan, who is also a National Urban Radio White House correspondent.
"When there is a lack of credibility there, you have to start and start lopping the heads off. It’s ‘Fire Me Thursday’ or ‘Fire Me Good Friday,’ she needs to go."
Ryan and Sanders have often clashed in the daily press briefings and on Twitter, including in November 2017 during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in which Ryan questioned whether Sanders actually baked a pecan pie featured in a photo she shared on Twitter.
I️ dont cook much these days, but managed this Chocolate Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving at the family farm! pic.twitter.com/rO8nFxtly7— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 23, 2017
I am not trying to be funny but folks are already saying #piegate and #fakepie Show it to us on the table with folks eating it and a pic of you cooking it. I am getting the biggest laugh out of this. I am thankful for this laugh on Black Friday! https://t.co/ifeSBlSZW7— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) November 24, 2017
Special counsel Robert Mueller's report released Thursday showed that Sanders misled reporters during a May 2017 daily press briefing shortly after President Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey. Sanders told the press that "countless" rank-and-file FBI agents had lost confidence in Comey, but she told Mueller's team her remark was unfounded and was a “slip of the tongue” made “in the heat of the moment.”
Sanders told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday night that she was wrong to use the word “countless,” but did say it was “not untrue” that “a number of current and former FBI agents agreed with the president” about Comey while referring to him as a “disgraced leaker.”
Comey testified to lawmakers in a May 2017 Senate hearing that he deliberately leaked a memo from a dinner meeting with President Trump to a friend at Columbia University after he was fired in order to prompt the appointment of a special counsel. Comey's friend, Daniel Richman, sent the memo to the New York Times.
Ryan took issue with Sanders using the term "fake news" given the Mueller revelations.
“Sarah plays a dangerous game in that room… The game is dangerous because she is lying to the American public,” Ryan said.
“Then, on top of all that, she says the press is fake when she’s faking reports from the people’s house. She’s calling us fake? We’ve had colleagues who’ve had to move from their houses because of threats. I have to have security because of being called ‘fake’ and a ‘loser’ and all sorts of things from that White House. It’s time for her to go.”