In response to the numerous leaks from the Oval Office and other governmental branches, Press Secretary Sean Spicer demanded to check the phones of White House staffers in an effort to combat additional embarrassment from the press.
One administration official talked to Fox News about how Spicer is handling staffers’ phones:
Spicer called nearly two dozen staffers into his office and demanded the staffers’ cell phones in order to check for evidence of leaks. Spicer warned that the initial search would be “recess” compared to what awaits staffers in round two of the investigation, if the leaker – or leakers – aren’t discovered.
Fox also reported that Spicer deleted the confidential messaging app Confide to “show that high-ranking officials weren’t immune to rules and regulations.”
Fox News’ White House Correspondent Kristin Fisher indicated that Spicer’s initial phone check was considered to be just a preliminary step, an imminent second round of investigations into the leaks forthcoming. She also said the following:
Here we have a leak about what was supposed to be a private meeting about stopping leaks. I think it’s safe to say that the Press Secretary is probably not too pleased about how all of this is coming out, but hey, the night goes on.
Oh, the irony.
Watch Fisher’s segment below:
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