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April 19, 2019

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledged to Special Counsel Robert Mueller that a claim she once made about former FBI Director James Comey wasn't "founded on anything," but she's refusing to admit it was an intentional falsehood.

Mueller's report revealed Sanders admitted she baselessly told reporters that "countless members of the FBI" had complained about Comey, while Mueller said "the evidence does not support those claims." But Sanders explained herself by describing the remarks as a "slip of the tongue." On Friday, Sanders told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos grilled Sanders about the admission on Good Morning America.

But Sanders wouldn't even concede that her comments to Mueller were any kind of admission. Stephanopoulos pushed back on her assertion that the falsehood could simply be an accident. "That's not a slip of the tongue, Sarah, that's a deliberate false statement," he said. Sanders claimed her misstatement didn't actually misrepresent the situation.

"Actually, if you look at what I said," she argued, "I said the slip of the tongue was in using the word 'countless,' but there were a number of FBI, both former and current, that agreed with the president's decision [to fire Comey] and they've continued to speak out," she said.

Stephanopoulos pointed out that she had pushed the same talking point on multiple occasions, asking "Why can't you acknowledge that what you said then was not true?" Watch the clip below. Summer Meza

April 11, 2017

United Continental Holdings Inc.'s stock took a nosedive Tuesday morning as the outrage continued over United Airlines' handling of an overbooked plane Sunday evening. In a video that went viral Monday, Chicago aviation security officers can be seen dragging a bloodied passenger off of an airplane after he refused to give up his seat to a United employee on stand-by.

Gizmodo reported the company's valuation had fallen "more than $750 million" as of Tuesday morning. The New York Stock Exchange showed United stock dipping by 3.55 percent:

As of Tuesday, the backlash over the situation had extended beyond the U.S., as United's CEO stood by the decision and said the airline had to "re-accommodate" the passenger because of the booking snafu. Chinese state media published angry editorials over United's treatment of the passenger, who appears to be of Asian descent, and calls for a boycott of the airline have arisen in the country.

The stock market appeared to be on shaky ground Tuesday in general, with the Dow down by about 120 points by late morning. Becca Stanek

June 1, 2015

Ex-House speaker Dennis Hastert's alma mater, Wheaton College, announced Sunday that it was removing his name from its government and economics center. The move came following Hastert's indictment last Thursday on charges that he lied to the FBI as part of an effort to hide $3.5 million in hush money he allegedly paid someone to cover up sexual molestation claims. The misconduct allegedly occurred when Hastert, an Illinois Republican, was a high school wrestling coach and teacher. Harold Maass

August 12, 2014

Despite several days of protests that have turned Ferguson, Missouri, into a "war zone," the town's police department said Tuesday it would not release the name of the officer who shot to death an unarmed black teen.

The Ferguson Police Department initially said it would release the name of the officer who on Saturday killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. But citing death threats and the risk that the officer would be targeted by outraged protesters, the department changed its mind.

"The value of releasing the name is far outweighed by the risk of harm to the officer and his family," Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said.

The police claim Brown engaged in a physical struggle with the officer, resulting in the shooting. A friend who was walking with Brown claims Brown had his hands over his head and was non-confrontational when he was shot. Jon Terbush

May 9, 2014

Following the massively controversial botched execution of Clayton Lockett last month, Oklahoma's top appeals court said Thursday it would halt all executions for the next six months so the state can conduct an investigation. After a deeply flawed legal and political battle over the transparency of the lethal cocktail that would be used to kill Lockett, the convicted murderer and rapist was put to death. But the drug did not work effectively, resulting in a gruesome 40-minute ordeal that has made Oklahoma a target of national criticism.

Charles Warner, who was originally set to be executed the same night as Lockett, will now be put to death on Nov. 13. Jordan Valinsky

April 28, 2014

State Farm, CarMax, and Virgin America have all suspended their sponsorships of the Los Angeles Clippers after a recording of racist remarks attributed to team owner Donald Sterling was published at TMZ.

Calling the comments "completely unacceptable," a CarMax spokeswoman said in a statement obtained by ESPN that it's dropping its sponsorship of the team after nine years because the remarks "directly conflict with CarMax's culture of respect for all individuals." State Farm said that while it may still sponsor individual members of the team, the company will be "taking a pause" from advertising with the organization itself.

Virgin America also made the decision to end its sponsorship, reports CNBC. The team now has six sponsors remaining, including Amtrak and Anheuser-Busch. Jordan Valinsky

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