NBC’s Peter Alexander Grills Spicer: Nunes Using Anonymous Sources When ‘Politically Advantageous’ is ‘Okay’?
NBC’s Peter Alexander confronted White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday over an apparent double standard that President Donald Trump and his administration has regarding anonymous sources.
Alexander highlighted that “at CPAC, President Trump said people — quote, ‘shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use someone’s name.’ You said it does — quote, ‘a tremendous disservice.'”
The NBC correspondent continued that Rep. Devin Nunes “noted sources that he couldn’t create and provide publicly. So why when it’s politically advantageous is that use of sourcing okay; but when it’s politically damaging, it’s not okay?”
Spicer retorted by pointing out that Rep. Nunes “came out and briefed people on what he knew at the time, and said he was literally going to give further briefs and and would have further updates.”
The press secretary also emphasized that House Intelligence chairman was “vindicating the president, in saying there is something you need to know about the substance of the allegations that are being made against you.”
Alexander followed up by wondering, “If it had not had vindicated him, wouldn’t it have been just as important for the president to learn?”
Spicer shot back, “Sure, and I think maybe he would have. And then, you probably wouldn’t have had any concern with that, would you?”
Watch the entire exchange, above.
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