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Spicer: Investigation Will “Vindicate” Trump on Obama Wiretapping Charges

Whether it’s Sean Spicer or Kellyanne Conway, they always start dissembling with unqualified discussions on surveillance techniques whenever they are asked a direct question about their boss’s ridiculous wiretapping allegations against former President Obama. Spicer never goes as far as Conway — who has now famously suggested even common kitchen appliances could have been used to bug Trump — but he always finds a way to weasel out of a direct answer.

He did so again in today’s White House press briefing but elaborated a bit saying that there is “significant reporting” to back up Trump’s wild claim and that he believes President Mini-Mitts will ultimately be “vindicated.”

“I think he’s extremely confident. There’s been, I mean, I’ve mentioned this before… I’ll let them do their jobs,” said Spicer, when asked if Trump is confident that any evidence will surface to support his claim. “I’ll let the House, the Senate and I’ll let the DOJ report this. But as I’ve commented in the past, I think there’s significant reporting about surveillance techniques that have existed throughout the 2016 election.”

“I’ll leave it to them to issue their report. But I think he feels very confident that we’ll ultimately, come of this [sic], will vindicate him.”

The reporter then followed up and simply asked if Trump will make a statement when evidence — any evidence, of any kind — comes out. Which should be an easy question to answer unless your name is Sean Spicer. He responded by blathering on about letting the investigations run their course, saying “I don’t want to get ahead of what the president may or may not do.”

The really funny part, given that Conway was in the briefing room, was when Spicer was also asked if Trump believes “… he was surveilled through microwaves and televisions.”

“I’ll just say the president has tweeted about this, he’s pretty clear that he believes there was surveillance conducted during the 2016 election,” said the diminutive mouthpiece. “I think there’s pretty sound evidence that the microwave is not a sound way of surveilling someone and I think that has been cleaned up. It was made in jest, so I think we can put that to rest.”

Why, oh why, wasn’t there a camera on Conway as Spicer answered that question?

Here’s the clip of Spicer saying he believes Trump will be vindicated.

Spicer Lies on Same Subject Two Days Straight

I’ve got to hand it to White House spokesliar Sean Spicer… When he tells a fib he sticks with it and remains remarkably consistent. He was asked in yesterday’s press briefing if Trump would retract his Twitter claim that President Obama released “122 vicious prisoners” from Guantanamo Bay, that they returned to terrorism and that it was “just another terrible decision” by the former president.

As I wrote yesterday,Trump was, as he loved to say in last year’s debates “WRONG!”

In Tuesday’s Q and non-A, an intrepid newshound asked about that tweet and inquired on when a retraction might be forthcoming. And despite what Trump actually wrote, here was Spicer’s response:

“Yes, I mean, obviously the President meant in totality the number that had been released on the battlefield — that have been released from Gitmo since — individuals have been released. So that is correct.”

He just flat-out lied about Trump’s intent and, sadly, our non-reporter failed to follow up and demand an answer.

In today’s briefing, NBC’s Chris Jansing asked almost the same question, also invoking Trump’s silly claims about voter fraud and wire tapping, and throwing in a side-order of reality by asking if Trump has “… a credibility problem.”

Spicer renewed yesterday’s lie, saying that what Trump really meant was that it “was 122 people total,” not necessarily attributable to President Obama — which of course does not match what Trump actually wrote. He then babbled on for a minute and half about the security value of Guantanamo Bay and the difference in how the Bush and Obama administrations viewed the prison. But he never answered the question.

Have a look for yourself:

He once again completely skipped over the lie Trump told on the subject just yesterday and iced that cake with his own lie — again. Will Spicer make the rare and always-challenging “lie three-peat” tomorrow? Only if there’s a another press briefing and the question is asked again.

Spicer Bobs, Weaves and Evades Today — Bigly

White House spokesman Sean Spicer just finished an actual on-camera press briefing and was busier than a Russian spy at a White House mixer in not answering questions. Here’s a couple of good clips in which two reporters asked him questions (from different angles) about Tweety McTweetstorm’s  assertion that President Obama personally had his phones tapped.

First up is Alexis Simendinger of Real Clear Politics, who asked what I thought was a reasonable question:  Will Trump keeping his mouth shut — or tweeting little fingers quiet — in public if he’s not going to give responses to those comments in public while any investigation is done on his Obama accusations.

Spicer actually says he’ll have to get back to her on that. I guess life can be very volatile when you’re dealing with a child.

Then came NBC’s Hallie Jackson who asked a question that’s on everyone’s mind: If Trump is so sure that Obama was ordering such surveillance and has proof, why is the White House asking Congress to look into this? If Trump already has the answers, Jackson reasons, why spend the time on an investigation?

Jackson’s face is priceless as Spicer gives an answer that’s complete gibberish. She also does a nice unrelated follow-up asking if Trump is ready yet to release his tax returns or if he is still under the mythical “audit” — of course, Spicer says “my understanding is he’s still under audit.”

And there you have it, folks. Another day of question and non-answer.

Spicer Equates Marijuana, Opioid Use

It was a lively give and take in the White Press press briefing yesterday and, in the midst of his usual routine of not answering questions, Press Secretary Sean Spicer fielded and avoided a lot of questions about the Trump administration’s take on medicinal and recreational marijuana use.

Perhaps most surprising in the exchanges was Spicer either not knowing that marijuana is not an opioid or knowing the truth and simply trying to convince Americans that smoking a joint is just like mainlining heroin.

“There is a big difference between that [medicinal use] and recreational marijuana,” said Spicer in answering a question about Trump’s views on enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states where recreational use is legal. “And I think that when you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing that we should be doing is encouraging people. There is still a federal law that we need to abide by in terms of the medical — when it comes to recreational marijuana and other drugs of that nature.”

So remember that, people: According to Dr. Spicer, marijuana is right there in the same league with heroin, Vicodin and Demerol.

When the reporter asking that question — Roby Brock of Talk Business & Politics — did not accept that silly response and tried to follow up, Spicer moved on, while lecturing Brock on briefing-room manners.

Spicer: Shannon.

Brock: What does that mean in terms of policy? A follow-up, Sean. What does that mean in terms of policy?

Spicer: Shannon. Glenn, this isn’t a TV program. We’re going to —

Brock: What is the Justice Department going to do?

Spicer: Okay, you don’t get to just yell out questions. We’re going to raise our hands like big boys and girls.

Brock: Why don’t you answer the question, though?

Spicer: Because it’s not your job to just yell out questions.

To her credit, Shannon — sorry, I do not know her last name or affiliation — used her time to follow up on the Trump administration’s stance on recreational marijuana legalized at the state level. Spicer then said only that the Justice Department will be looking into it further.

If Spicer really needs to learn about opioids, he should simply call White House booster Rush “Oxycontin King” Limbaugh. I’m sure he’ll be happy to explain everything.

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