"Truth isn't truth," and presidential inaugurations have nothing to do with presidents, apparently.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Thursday night that The Wall Street Journal's report about a criminal investigation into President Trump's 2017 inaugural committee is only distantly, vaguely related to Trump himself.
"That doesn't have anything to do with the president or the first lady," said Sanders. "The biggest thing the president did in his engagement in the inauguration was to come here, and raise his hand, and take the oath of office."
Federal prosecutors are reportedly looking into whether Trump's inaugural committee misspent any of its record $107 million haul and whether any of the committee's biggest donors sought access to or special favors from the incoming Trump administration for their donations. Improper spending could amount to a violation of federal corruption laws.
Even though the committee told the Journal that there is no such investigation, Sanders quickly distanced Trump from the entire situation. "The president was focused on the transition during that time and not on any of the planning," she said. Watch her comments below, via Vox's Aaron Rupar. Summer Meza
.@PressSec on Trump's inaugural committee being under criminal investigation: "That doesn't have anything to do w/POTUS or first lady. The biggest thing the president did in his engagement w/the inauguration was to come here, raise his hand & take the oath of office" #gaslightingpic.twitter.com/fLL5wXUcaO