Acosta on Flynn: "Detachment From Reality" On Full Display At "Rare" Sanders White House Briefing

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CNN's Jim Acosta appeared on 'The Situation Room' to discuss the White House reaction to Michael Flynn's sentencing hearing today. Acosta said "detachment from reality" was on full display at Tuesday's White House briefing when Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Flynn was "somehow ambushed" by the FBI.

Acosta said the briefing room is no courtroom as "anything goes" when it comes to telling the truth.

"The White House is continuing to claim that Michael Flynn was somehow ambushed by the FBI, resulting in his lying to federal investigators," Acosta said. "But that flies in the face of what Flynn said in court today. Still that detachment from reality on the part of the White House was on full display as the press secretary held a rare briefing with reporters, the first time in weeks."





"Proving that the White House briefing room is no courtroom, and that when it comes to the truth, just about anything goes, press secretary Sarah Sanders all but accused the FBI of bullying former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, into lying to federal investigators," Acosta reported.

The CNNer said Sanders tried to separate Flynn's lies and Trump collusion with Russia.

"When pressed, Sanders tried to put some separation between Flynn's lies and whether the president colluded with the Russians," Acosta said.

Acosta said after today's briefing it is clear that the White House plan is for American taxpayers to fund the border wall as Sanders said the president is calling on the cabinet "to look for funding that can be used to protect our borders."

"As for the administration's plans to find funding for the wall and money that's already been spent at federal agencies, that would still mean, Wolf, that taxpayers would be paying for something that the president said Mexico would take care of during the campaign," Acosta said. "The press secretary said, and we just played it in our piece a few moments ago, that taxpayers wouldn't pay for the wall. But at this point tonight, Wolf, it's clear that's the White House plan."

ACOSTA: The White House is continuing to claim that Michael Flynn was somehow ambushed by the FBI, resulting in his lying to federal investigators. But that flies in the face of what Flynn said in court today. Still that detachment from reality on the part of the White House was on full display as the press secretary held a rare briefing with reporters, the first time in weeks.

Proving that the White House briefing room is no courtroom, and that when it comes to the truth, just about anything goes, press secretary Sarah Sanders all but accused the FBI of bullying former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, into lying to federal investigators...

The press secretary was just echoing President Trump. He tweeted earlier in the day, 'Good luck today in court to General Michael Flynn. It will be interesting to see what he has to say, despite tremendous pressure being put on him about Russian collusion.' It's an odd line of attack for the White House, as the president once said he fired Flynn for misleading Vice President Pence about those contacts with the Russians...

When pressed, Sanders tried to put some separation between Flynn's lies and whether the president colluded with the Russians...

As for the administration's plans to find funding for the wall and money that's already been spent at federal agencies, that would still mean, Wolf, that taxpayers would be paying for something that the president said Mexico would take care of during the campaign. The press secretary said, and we just played it in our piece a few moments ago, that taxpayers wouldn't pay for the wall. But at this point tonight, Wolf, it's clear that's the White House plan.

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