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Sam Donaldson slams Sarah Sanders: 'She's had a lifetime achievement Oscar for lying'

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In an interview with CNN, Donaldson quipped that Sanders's falsehoods earned her a "lifetime achievement Oscar for lying."

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"Except for Ron Ziegler, who lied for [former President] Richard Nixon, I've never seen anything like this with Sarah SandersSarah Elizabeth SandersSarah Sanders on Trump's reported war dead criticism: 'Those comments didn't happen' Sarah Sanders memoir reportedly says Trump joked she should hook up with Kim Jong Un McEnany stamps her brand on White House press operation MORE," Donaldson said. "And there's a difference. Ziegler lied about one thing. ... Sarah Sanders simply lies about everything."

"She's had a lifetime achievement Oscar for lying," Donaldson continued. "Let's face it. I don't know her. I feel a little sorry for her because it's the boss who does it. She takes the cue from him."

Sanders made headlines earlier this month after she addressed a false statement outlined in special counsel Robert Mueller's report with Fox's Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityTrump calls Fox 'disappointing' for airing Obama speech Graham dismisses criticism from Fox Business's Lou Dobbs Biden: Johnson should be 'ashamed' for suggesting family profited from their name MORE. Sanders admitted to having a "a slip of the tongue" when referring to "countless" FBI agents who allegedly agreed with President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE's decision to fire former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGOP former US attorneys back Biden, say Trump 'threat to rule of law' Biden's polling lead over Trump looks more comfortable than Clinton's Trump has list of top intelligence officials he'll fire if he wins reelection: report MORE.

"I acknowledge that I had a slip of the tongue when I used the word 'countless,' but it’s not untrue … that a number of both current and former FBI agents agreed with the president," Sanders said earlier this month.

Mueller's special counsel team wrote in its final report that Sanders's assertion at the time was not based on facts.

"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 in a separate press interview that rank-and-file FBI agents had lost confidence in Comey was a comment she made 'in the heat of the moment' that was not founded on anything," the report said.

Sanders told reporters at the May 10, 2017, briefing that the president and FBI employees lost confidence in Comey.

When a reporter noted that an FBI agent said they were disappointed by the firing, Sanders said, "We've heard from countless members of the FBI that say very different things."