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‘Were you lying to us?’ Reporters grill Sanders over Stormy — but she says lies were the ‘best information’

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday insisted that she was giving reporters “the best information” when she claimed that President Donald Trump knew nothing about the payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, which later turned out not to be true.

During Thursday’s White House briefing, ABC’s Jonathan Karl asked Sanders how the American people could trust her words after Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani contradicted her and revealed that Trump knew about the payment to Daniels.

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“When the president so often says things that turn out not to be true, when the president and the White House show what appears to be a blatant disregard for the truth, how are the American people to trust or believe what is said here or what is said by the president?” Karl asked.

“We give the very best information that we have at the time,” Sanders insisted. “I do that every single day and will continue to do that every day I’m in this position.”

“These are statements that are just not true,” Karl noted.

Sanders repeated her previous answer: “We give the best information possible at the time and we’re going to continue to do that.”

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“He started paying Michael Cohen back in February of last year,” Karl interrupted, suggesting that Trump knew about the Daniels payment before he and Sanders both claimed that he was unaware of the hush money.

“Is that a question?” Sanders snapped.

“I’m saying, how could he not have known? He was paying him back?” Karl said.

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“I’m not going to get into those details,” Sanders said, cutting Karl off.

CNN correspondent Jim Acosta picked up Karl’s point.

“How can you be aware only 10 days to two weeks ago but at the same time be in the process of paying monthly retainers to cover this reimbursement to Michael Cohen?” Acosta wondered.

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“I can’t get into the details,” Sanders said again.

Acosta pressed: “You said on March 7th that the president ‘has denied all these allegations’, were you lying to us at the time or were you in the dark.”

“The president has denied and continues to deny the underlying claim,” Sanders explained. “And again, I’ve given the best information I had at the time.”

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“You were in the dark? You didn’t know at the time?” Acosta asked. “Why can’t you just answer yes or no, whether you were in the dark. I think it’s a fairly simple question.”

“I think it’s a fairly simple answer,” Sanders shot back.

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Bill Maher dances on David Koch’s grave: ‘I’m glad he’s dead and I hope the end was painful’

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HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher celebrated the death of right-wing billionaire David Koch, who died of prostate cancer.

"I guess I'm going to have to reevaluate my low opinion of prostate cancer," Maher said.

"Condolences poured in from all the politicians he owned and mourners are being asked, in lieu of flowers, to just leave their car engine running," he said.

"I know these seem like harsh words and harsh jokes, and I'm sure I will be condemned for them on Fox News, which will portray Mr. Koch as a principled libertarian who believed in the free market," Maher said. "He and his brother have done more than anybody to fund climate science deniers -- for decades."

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HBO’s Bill Maher slams Trump’s White House lawn press conferences: ‘Brought to you by Adderall’

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HBO's "Real Time" host Bill Maher ripped Donald Trump on Friday.

"I've had so many sh*tty weeks, but this was a sh*tty week, I'm telling you," Maher said.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) called for a boycott of Maher's show this week.

"The one bright spot I could find, Trump finally found some white people to fight with. Denmark. He's fighting with Denmark, because, you know this, he's been wanting to buy Greenland

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Rachel Maddow reveals 9 major reasons so many Democrats are running against Trump in 2020

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The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC listed nine major reasons Democrats are running to take on President Donald Trump in 2020.

"As we close in on the third round of Democratic presidential primary debates, the acute angle of the funnel that the candidates are going through right now is starting to pinch a little bit," Maddow noted.

"I think it’s fair to say that the Democratic Party knew that a lot of people were going to get into this presidential primary to try to earn the right to challenge this incumbent president. Right? It’s not rocket science to figure that out," she continued. "It’s nothing personal about the president."

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