Monday, February 27, 2017
News That White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer Confiscated Aides Phones In Search For Leakers... Immediately Leaks!
The move came after Spicer became aware that information had leaked out of a planning meeting with his communications staffers. In response to the revelation he called the group into his office for “an emergency meeting,” in which staffers were told to dump their phones on a table for a “phone check".
According to multiple sources Spicer, who was flanked by White House lawyers, had the staffers phones scoured for apps like Confide and Signal that automatically delete texts after they are sent which Which Spicer claimed violated the Presidential Records Act.
Unfortunately for Spicer the Records Act only applies to official communication devices, not personal devices and does not cover leaking.
Following the technical pat down Spicer warned the group that there would be more problems if news of the phone checks and the meeting about leaks was leaked to the media.
Of course the story was immediately leaked to the media.
The episode and the continued leaking provides a disturbing insight into the dysfunction within the West Wing of an administration that appears in crises with aides who are obviously frustrated and worried about their futures.
Spicer's actions comes as Donald Trump has been escalating his war on the media in which he alleges that "unnamed sources" were being used in "fake" stories as he expressed growing frustration with the leaking of information by individuals within his administration.