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CNN Panel Goes Off Over Aide’s McCain Comment: WH Is ‘A Feeding Frenzy’ of Leaks

Jake Tapper‘s State of the Union panel this morning went off on the White House for the nasty leaked comment aide Kelly Sadler made about John McCain.

Congresswoman Val Dennings (D- FL) said McCain “represents all that is good and right with this country,” praising his service and saying at the very least the White House should apologize.

Amanda Carpenter was struck by a reported comment from White House official Mercedes Schlapp defending Kelly Sadler from the leak, given the outrage she expressed by Michelle Wolf‘s jokes about Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “Spare me the fake outrage over a bad White House Correspondents Dinner Joke when you stand by someone who denigrates John McCain,” Carpenter said.

Former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo said an apology would only be warranted if “this was a comment said on the record by the White House,” but not in the case of a leak.

Former Bernie Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said the issue here is that the tone’s set at the top, citing President Trump‘s campaign trail attack on McCain.

Caputo made a point of saying “not everybody on this planet loves John McCain, but at this point in time we all need to step back and let his family and the senator live in peace.”

The bigger issue, he argued, is the leaking. Weaver shot back by saying there’s a reason there’s so many leaks:

“The reason why they have leaks is that there’s nobody over there who has loyalty to the principle. He stands for nothing, they’re all grifters, they’re giving the country away to the rich and the powerful. There is no cohesion there. You didn’t see this kind of leaking in the Bush White House… [or] in the Obama White House because people over there had a common purpose. There’s no common purpose over there. It’s a feeding frenzy.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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