‘I’m Not Gonna Get Into It’: Spicer Declines to Answer Questions Related to Kushner/Russia Report
During today’s White House press briefing — the first one in roughly two weeks and following President Donald Trump’s foreign trip — White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was immediately hit with questions surrounding the recent bombshell revolving around Jared Kushner attempting to set up secret communications with the Russians during the transition.
And Spicer let it be known he wasn’t going to directly address those reports.
Asked by The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker whether the president knew that Kushner was seeking back-channel communications with the Russians at the time, Spicer responded that he thinks “that would assume a lot” while stating Kushner’s attorneys have said the White House senior advisor is willing to answer questions in front of Congress.
Pressed by Rucker if Kushner had discussed any of this with the president, the spokesman noted that he wasn’t going to go any further with that question.
“I’m not gonna get into what the president did or did not discuss,” Spicer exclaimed. He went on to proclaim that he can’t speak for actions that haven’t been confirmed and are based on anonymous sources. “I’m not gonna get into it,” he reiterated.
The Daily Mail’s Francesca Chambers jumped in after and pushed Spicer on Trump’s sharing of a Fox News article relying on an anonymous source as a retort to other reports on Kushner. That article suggested that Kushner was trying to set up a back-channel to talk about Syria and Chambers wanted to know why that source was more credible than sources that spoke to the Washington Post and others.
Spicer explained that “what I just said speaks for itself” and added that there were two issues at hand — Kushner’s attorneys’ statement and the Trump/Russia dossier being largely discredited. And, with that, Spicer moved on.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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