Steven Portnoy

Steven Portnoy

@stevenportnoy

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Broadcaster, law wonk covering the White House for @CBSNewsRadio, helping Americans understand what their government is doing in their name with their money.

Washington, DC
Joined on March 16, 2009
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The Mueller Report says Hope Hicks agreed with Trump Jr that his initial statement on the mtg should have said something about the promise of Russian dirt. "[B]ut boss man worried it invites a lot of questions," Hicks texted @DonaldJTrumpJr, per the Mueller Report.

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From the Mueller Report (Vol 2, Pg 102): "[T]he President directed that the statement not be issued because it said too much [about information helpful to the campaign]. The President told Hicks to say only that Trump Jr. took a brief meeting and it was about Russian adoption."

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From the Mueller Report (Vol 2, Pg 105): "Several months later, the President's personal counsel stated in a private communication to the Special Counsel's Office that 'the President dictated a short but accurate response to the New York Times...'"

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Here's a question I asked @PressSec on Aug 1, 2017, about Trump's involvement in crafting his son's initial statement about the Trump Tower meeting.

She said he "certainly didn't dictate" it, and then added this --

Here's a question I asked @PressSec on Aug 1, 2017, about Trump's involvement in crafting his son's initial statement about the Trump Tower meeting. She said he "certainly didn't dictate" it, and then added this --

Sarah Sanders now says she shouldn't have said -- over a span of two days -- that "countless" FBI agents expressed gratitude for Comey's firing. But she maintains the "sentiment is 100% accurate."

It's our report on the CBS World News Roundup.

Sarah Sanders now says she shouldn't have said -- over a span of two days -- that "countless" FBI agents expressed gratitude for Comey's firing. But she maintains the "sentiment is 100% accurate." It's our report on the CBS World News Roundup.

WHAT'S IN THE MUELLER REPORT?

WHAT'S IN THE MUELLER REPORT?

Here is @stevenportnoy's exchange with POTUS' Press. Sec. Sarah Sanders in which her answers were "not founded on anything" on more than one occasion.

Here is @stevenportnoy's exchange with POTUS' Press. Sec. Sarah Sanders in which her answers were "not founded on anything" on more than one occasion.

July 3, 2018 (Sanders interview) -- MUELLER REPORT: "Sanders told this Office that her reference to hearing from 'countless members of the FBI' was a 'slip of the tongue.'" "She also recalled that her statement ... was not founded on anything."

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May 11, 2017 -- SANDERS: "There was a near-like-uprising after Comey from members of the FBI..." SANDERS: "I've heard from countless members of the FBI that are grateful and thankful for the president's decision." SANDERS: "Between, like email, text messages, absolutely..."

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May 10, 2017 -- SANDERS: "The rank-and-file of the FBI had lost confidence in their director..." SANDERS: "We've heard from countless members of the FBI..."

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And on @CBSThisMorning on 5/11/17, Sanders spoke of a a "near-uprising" at the FBI against Comey. "The rank-and-file members within the FBI had lost confidence in the director," she said. She later told investigators those remarks weren't founded on anything.

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Quoted @stevenportnoy

The Mueller Report says @PressSec told investigators that her remarks in response to this question on May 10, 2017 "were not founded on anything." https://twitter.com/stevenportnoy/status/862378935321055233 …

Wait a second. Sanders told investigators her reference to "countless members of the FBI" was a "slip of the tongue." But she said it two days in a row -- on May 10, 2017 and again the next day to three reporters: me, @johnrobertsFox and @shearm.

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Quoted @stevenportnoy

.@SHSanders45 says "countless" FBI agents have contacted WH to say they'd lost confidence in Comey. We've heard otherwise.

.@SHSanders45 says "countless" FBI agents have contacted WH to say they'd lost confidence in Comey. We've heard otherwise.

The Mueller Report says @PressSec told investigators that her remarks in response to this question on May 10, 2017 "were not founded on anything."

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Quoted @DoreyScheimer

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told investigators she lied to the press after Comey firing

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told investigators she lied to the press after Comey firing

I asked Sarah that question on May 10, 2017.

Trump, in his written answers to Mueller's questions, says he was "not enthused" about the Trump Tower Moscow project. "I had a few conversations with Mr. Cohen on this subject. As I recall, they were brief, and they were not memorable," Trump said.

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The appendix to the Mueller Report includes Trump's written answers to the investigators' questions. Trump says he was speaking "in jest and sarcastically, as was apparent to any objective observer," when he called for Russia to find Clinton's missing emails.

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Muller: "Cohen ... discussed pardons with the President's personal counsel and believed that if he stayed on message he would be taken care of."

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Mueller says when reports surfaced in early 2018 of Trump ordering McGahn to fire Mueller shortly after his appointment, Trump urged aides to tell McGahn to deny them. He then called WH Counsel into the Oval "and again pressured him to deny the reports." McGahn refused.

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Mueller says a prominent Russian troll account was RT'd or cited by Don Jr, Eric Trump, Kellyanne Conway, Brad Parscale & Michael Flynn. "These posts included allegations of voter fraud, as well as allegations that Secretary Clinton had mishandled classified information."

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