Sanders calls lectern purchase a ‘manufactured controversy’

Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks at the state Capitol in Little Rock in this Sept. 8, 2023 file photo. Sanders sent a memo to her 15 cabinet secretaries this week with instructions for program suspensions and employee furloughs in the event of a federal government shutdown. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Thomas Metthe)

SPRINGDALE -- Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday called criticism of the purchase of a lectern a "manufactured controversy" ginned up by critics, which has prompted a former director of the Arkansas State Police to call for a "full blown law enforcement investigation."