Comey slams Sarah Sanders's 'slip of the tongue' about his firing

Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeySurveillance fight emerges as intelligence flashpoint Bill Barr is trying his best to be Trump's Roy Cohn Comey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' MORE on Thursday addressed a portion of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's report in which White House press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersSarah Sanders says she 'can't think of anything dumber than' having Congress run foreign policy Rapid turnover shapes Trump's government God did not elect Trump, people did MORE Sanders acknowledged misleading the press about Comey's firing.

“I wasn’t shocked, I knew it was a lie when it was first said at the time. And it was, I guess, gratifying to see the special counsel have her admit that it was,” Comey said at a CNN town hall.

The former FBI director was addressing Sanders's assertions shortly after his firing in 2017 in which she claimed that "countless" rank-and-file FBI agents had lost confidence in him. She has since said that her misstatements were a "slip of the tongue."

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“I gather she’s back on saying ‘slip of the tongue’ again," Comey told CNN's Anderson Cooper during the town hall on Thursday. “And if I need to explain to you what her deal is, I can’t help you.”

Sanders made the comments when seeking to explain President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump endorses former White House physician Ronny Jackson for Congress Newly released emails reveal officials' panic over loss of credibility after Trump's Dorian claims Lindsey Graham thanks Trump, bemoans 'never-ending bull----' at South Carolina rally  MORE's firing of Comey in 2017.

"The DOJ [Department of Justice] lost confidence in Director Comey. Bipartisan members of Congress made it clear that they had lost confidence in Director Comey. And most importantly, the rank and file of the FBI had lost confidence in their director," she said during a press briefing at the time.

She later told investigators with Mueller's team that the false statements were a "slip of the tongue" made "in the heat of the moment," according to the report.

CNN held its town hall with Comey on the 2-year anniversary of his firing.