‘We Have No Problem With Her Testifying’: Spicer Smacks WaPo Over ‘100% False’ Sally Yates Story
Press Secretary Sean Spicer took time during Tuesday’s press briefing to slam The Washington Post over their story indicating that the Trump administration tried to restrict former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying before the House Intelligence Committee.
Committee chairman Devin Nunes cancelled the congressional meetings for the week this morning, which came hours before Yates was supposed to take questions on the probe into President Trump‘s ties to Russia. WaPo put out a story about this, and their piece cited documents suggesting that the White House wanted to invoke executive privilege in order to limit what Yates could say before the committee.
Spicer reacted to the report by saying that letters from Yates and her attorney show that she requested permission to testify from the White House, and that the administration did not do anything to restrain her testimony. When Spicer was asked about this further, he insisted that “we have no problem with her testifying,” and that WaPo‘s piece is “100% false.”
The letters that they frankly publish on their website all back up everything I just read. All of the letters are available on their website. I hate to give them the traffic, but the reality is that they specifically say ‘if you don’t respond, we’re gonna go ahead.’ We didn’t respond, we encouraged them to go ahead, but to suggest in any way, shape, or form that we stood in the way of that is 100% false.
Watch above, via CNN.
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