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Spicer Battles With CNN Reporter Over Anonymous Sources and Trump/Russia Collusion

During today’s White House press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer got into it with CNN reporter Sara Murray over her questions on Trump campaign associates having dealings with Russia and House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes using anonymous sources after repeatedly slamming leakers.

Murray first pressed the press sec if he could answer “unequivocally” that associates of President Donald Trump didn’t collude with Russian operatives. Spicer took umbrage with that term, bringing up former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and referring to him as “a gentleman employed by someone for five months” who had a clinet ten years ago.

After Murray highlighted that Manafort the campaign chairman, Spicer snarkily dismissed her by stating he was aware of what Manafort’s job was before launching into an explanation where he brought up CNN and Time Warner while also questioning the term “associate.”

“But when you throw out a vague term like that, it’s a catch-all,” Spicer exclaimed. “Can you be certain that no one who works for Time Life Turner has ever done anything illegal. I think that’s a pretty broad way of casting a net — or who has visited the building.”

The two also did battle over Nunes’ use of anonymous sources during his press conferences yesterday when he stated that he had seen evidence of Trump transition communications being “incidentally collected.” Murray wanted to know why that was OK when the White House has had issues with the use of anonymous sources in the past.

Watch the exchange above, via CNN.

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