Should press spokeswoman Sarah Sanders resign

It's May 11, 2017. US President Donald Trump has just fired FBI chief James Comey. So the man who led the investigation into the Russia affair. And who had to investigate whether Trump or his people accepted the help of the Russians to win the 2016 election. That Thursday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was then deputy press officer, appeared in front of the journalists in the briefing room of the White House. She'll lie multiple times in the next few minutes.

She will explain that James Comey was highly unpopular in the FBI, that "countless FBI employees" had told her "personally" how dissatisfied they were with their former boss. And how happy with Trump's decision to fire Comey. The reporters can hardly believe it. You ask questions, give her the opportunity to revise her statement, to weaken it. Sanders sticks with it. "Countless" FBI employees would have welcomed Comey's resignation to her.

It is often difficult to prove whether someone has lied. The intent is part of a lie. An untruth does not have to be a lie, it can arise from ignorance. But here the case is clear. The fact that Sanders lied at the time emerges from the recently published final report by special investigator Robert Mueller, who took over the Russia investigation after Comey. Mueller's people also interrogated Sanders. She confessed to investigators that she lied to the public at the time.

After 22 months in office, Sanders, 36, is now leaving her job. At the end of the month she will stop, Trump announced on Twitter on Thursday. You did an "unbelievably" good job. And will return to their home state of Arkansas. "I hope she will run for governor of Arkansas," writes Trump. She would inherit her father, Mike Huckabee, who was governor there for more than ten years until 2007.

She got into politics with him. In 1992 she helped her father in his unsuccessful election campaign for the Senate in Washington. The then nine or ten-year-olds sent out election advertisements, knocked on front doors and put up posters in front gardens. She then built up a career as a political advisor for conservative politicians, coordinating her father's successful governor re-election campaign in 2002. In 2016 she became an advisor on the Trump campaign staff. The post eventually brought her to the White House.

Sanders has exceeded limits in office that a press secretary should adhere to. Hardly a gig went by without her demonstrably telling the untruth or twisting the truth. Sanders kept his distance from journalists. And she did everything to please Trump. In January, she made it clear to a Christian broadcaster what she saw in Trump: "God wanted Donald Trump to be President. That's why he's in office."

She did not hold press conferences in the briefing room, but went into battle. Sanders viewed critical inquiries as a kind of blasphemy. She responded with sarcasm and counter-questions and cut off many reporters.