Today at a press conference, Major Garrett directly quoted Sean Spicer while asking him a question.
Garrett, the Chief White House Correspondent at CBS News, wanted to know about Spicer’s recent contention that the White House couldn’t have provided Devin Nunes with information related to the Russia investigation:
There’s now reporting — which I can’t tell if you’re disputing or not — that identifies two people within this White House as the sources of this information. I’m just trying to put these things together. When you said that ‘doesn’t pass the smell test’ on March 23, now there’s reporting that … they were the sources on this. I’m just trying to put those things together.
Spicer said that the quote he gave on the 23rd was based on what Nunes had said regarding his actions. Then, Spicer pivoted to a line he’s used already this week, lecturing Garett on the press’ “obsession” with the process by which Nunes has gotten his information.
“Can’t the process, from your vantage point, validate the importance of the substance?” asked Garrett. “You told us you’re willing to look into and ask questions about the process and provide us answers.”
“Please don’t put words in my mouth!” responded Spicer. “I never said I would provide you answers.”
He then refused to comment on the reports that White House staffers gave Nunes information.
Watch above, via CNN.
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