A debate over the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election on MSNBC escalated on Wednesday, with two newscasters accusing Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders of twisting words and outright lying.
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Sanders, asked about her comment on Tuesday that it was time to move on from the investigation about possible ties between the Trump administration and Russian officials, replied, "I know that person after person including your own Joe Scarborough has said that there is no evidence of collusion here. They have been pushing on this for months."
"I gotta interrupt," interjected Scarborough. "I said there is no obvious evidence of collusion out there right now, and if there were that obvious evidence of collusion it would have already been leaked by now. I also said there have to be in-depth investigations."
He said, "I expected liberal Democrats, a couple of them twisted my words yesterday. I’m surprised that you are twisting my words."
Scarborough added that given possible financial ties between Trump and Russia, "Doesn't that prove we need an independent counsel to investigate this?"
Sanders then doubled down and restated that after nearly a year of investigations, "Everyone has looked into this, and everybody comes to the same conclusion that there is no evidence of collusion.
"You're actually not telling the truth right now," retorted Mika Brzezinski. "Wow," she added, her mouth agape.
"That's a pretty bold claim," Sanders shot back.