A video of President Trump plays  behind press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders as she talks to reporters last month. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

Even by the standards of a White House whose chief executive has made more than 2,000 false claims, this new statement is a whopper.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders just issued a two-paragraph statement on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's indictment of 13 Russian nationals allegedly operating a troll farm during the 2016 presidential campaign. And in that statement, Sanders makes a number of misleading and outright bogus claims about what we know of the investigation. Even worse, the statement repeats bogus claims the administration has been called out for repeatedly — including as recently as this week.

Here's the full statement, and below I'll pull out the most egregious parts:

Earlier today, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein announced indictments against 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian entities for meddling in the 2016 Presidential election, which began in 2014 before the President declared his candidacy. President Donald J. Trump has been fully briefed on this matter and is glad to see the Special Counsel’s investigation further indicates — that there was NO COLLUSION between the Trump campaign and Russia and that the outcome of the election was not changed or affected.

President Trump says, “it is more important than ever before to come together as Americans. We cannot allow those seeking to sow confusion, discord, and rancor to be successful. It’s time we stop the outlandish partisan attacks, wild and false allegations, and far-fetched theories, which only serve to further the agendas of bad actors, like Russia, and do nothing to protect the principles of our institutions. We must unite as Americans to protect the integrity of our democracy and our elections.”

The trouble begins in the second sentence.

“President Donald J. Trump has been fully briefed on this matter and is glad to see the Special Counsel’s investigation further indicates — that there was NO COLLUSION between the Trump campaign and Russia ...”

The indictment, in fact, says nothing about whether there was collusion, nor did Rosenstein rule it out during a news conference. As I noted in my analysis, Rosenstein did say that Trump officials contacted by the troll farm “did not know they were communicating with Russians.” Rosenstein also said, “There is no allegation in this indictment that any American had any knowledge.”

But he was referring only to the indictment announced Friday. The indictment is focused on one troll farm, and there is no indication that it is the full extent of Russian meddling. (Indeed, based on what we know about the Russian lawyer meeting, etc., it's probably not.) Rosenstein also said the special counsel investigation was “ongoing.”

This claim is extremely presumptuous and wrongly suggests that the indictment sheds light on something it doesn't.

"[Trump] is glad to see the Special Counsel’s investigation further indicates ... that the outcome of the election was not changed or affected.”

This is the most egregious claim. While the above may be defensible on some level, this one is not.

Rosenstein said that there was “no allegation in the indictment of any effect on the outcome of the election,” but he did not say there was definitively no impact. He was merely saying the indictment doesn't address that — just as the intelligence community's initial report on Russian hacking explicitly declined to address it. And why would they? It's basically impossible to determine, and it has nothing to do with whether the law was broken.

Administration officials including Trump have repeatedly claimed that the intelligence report said Russian interference didn't affect the outcome, and they have been repeatedly called out. Yet Vice President Pence made the claim again just this week. It's getting more and more difficult to believe they don't know better.

“President Trump says, 'it is more important than ever before to come together as Americans. We cannot allow those seeking to sow confusion, discord, and rancor to be successful.' ”

This statement seems to deliberately attempt to sow confusion about what the indictment says.

More Trump: “It’s time we stop the outlandish partisan attacks, wild and false allegations, and far-fetched theories, which only serve to further the agendas of bad actors, like Russia, and do nothing to protect the principles of our institutions.”

Trump has repeatedly labeled the investigation a “witch hunt” and suggested that law enforcement entities are biased against him. He has accused President Barack Obama, without evidence, of wiretapping Trump Tower. To do that and suggest that others are playing partisan politics and spreading conspiracy theories is pretty rich.

More Trump: “We must unite as Americans to protect the integrity of our democracy and our elections.”

There is very little indication that Trump has done much to move the ball forward on this count. As The Post's Greg Miller, Greg Jaffe and Philip Rucker reported in depth in December, Trump doesn't even like to hear about Russian interference. From that report:

Nearly a year into his presidency, Trump continues to reject the evidence that Russia waged an assault on a pillar of American democracy and supported his run for the White House.

The result is without obvious parallel in U.S. history, a situation in which the personal insecurities of the president — and his refusal to accept what even many in his administration regard as objective reality — have impaired the government’s response to a national security threat.