The question is answered and it appears, on the surface, to be a straight forward response. Yet, did you flag the dependent word?
Let's look more deeply at the response with a change of language without the dependent word to see what happens.
Remember the "law of economy" in language. The need for additional words takes effort. The shortest sentence is best.
Here the wording is changed, and the dependent word, "else" is removed.
A. "The same time the public learned of it" was also not said. Here is an even clearer way of answering the question.
Remember: the simplest answers are often the most reliable.
A. "I learned about it through media."
This one would, psychologically, put the subject, himself, into the sentence with the pronoun "I", increasing the strength or commitment to the sentence.
It is not what he said.
"The same time everybody else learned it through the news reports."
Although some may say that the President of the United States only learning this through the media without media first telling him strains credibility of which I reply: this is statement analysis and we look for a reason for the opinion of deception. For our reports, and for prosecution, we must be able to clearly articulate why we have concluded deception.
The word "else" is a dependent word. It is unnecessarily added, meaning it violated the law of economy, took extra effort, leading us to know that it is very important to the subject. Effort equals sensitivity. The brain told the tongue to add this word to the sentence, and where to put it in the sentence, in less than a micro second in time.
This rapid processing means:
The subject did not stop, pause and ask himself, "Should I answer with the word "else", or should I just say it without the word "else"?
Here the disruption of the editing process would have been severe, instead, we have a signal of proficiency within the answer. This is a strong signal that the subject is well accomplished and life long in deception.
Not only did the subject not use the pronoun "I", which would have placed himself within the answer, but we know his baseline is to use an overabundance of the pronoun "I" in his personal subjective dictionary.
Note: "else" is a dependent word that is not necessary to use here. It is why we consider this 'coming close to an admission' of knowledge. "Else" only works when it shows dependence upon a person who is being separated from "everybody" (that is, all) in his sentence.
The question was, "When did you learn...?" in March of 2015.
Analysis Conclusion: Deception Indicated
Most people are uncomfortable with a direct lie, and here we see that he removed 'self' from the sentence by avoiding using the pronoun "I", yet he still, unwittingly, identified himself, as one separate and distinct, unnecessarily, from "everyone else."
"Else" refers first to himself, and although those who felt that it was not credible were correct, we seek to, within language, find the source of the deception.
The stage is important. This was a national (and international) audience.
People often fear consequence of lying to the police and know that lying to federal police will carry even more consequence. This is why authority is vital for law enforcement to be respected: it protects civilization.
Think of the confidence in one's own ability to deceive to be willing to lie, with the consequences well known, to a federal agent.
Now think of one who has the confidence in his own abilities to lie to Congress, under oath to God. We have a large list of examples from which to choose.
Lastly, think of one who has the confidence to attempt to deceive an audience of 300 million Americans.
This is where we look for the trait of contempt. It should be used in the investigative interview.
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