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Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has been in demand lately as a paid speaker and celebrities’ favorite photo-op at the Emmy Awards. But that doesn’t mean he’s given up his insane White House ways. Case in point: the wild freakout that happened when a reporter emailed him for comment recently.
Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, has asked the White House for documents around President Trump’s most high profile firings: former FBI Director James Comey and Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. Now White House staffers are scouring emails and asking officials for any additional notes or documents that would fall under Mueller’s request. That could include notes by Spicer, who apparently liked to keep copious documentation of his activities. Former colleagues of Spicer’s told Axios AM’s Mike Allen that he kept “notebook after notebook” at the Republican National Committee and that “Sean documented everything” to help him do his job.
Allen then stumbled onto apparently sensitive territory when he asked Spicer about the notes. Spicer did NOT take kindly to this, replying: “Mike, please stop texting/emailing me unsolicited anymore.”
Allen reported that he texted back “?”, to which Spicer responded: “Not sure what that means. From a legal standpoint I want to be clear: Do not email or text me again. Should you do again I will report to the appropriate authorities.”
Allen noted that he’s known Spicer and his wife for more than 12 years. An hour after the tense text exchange, the former White House flak responded to what Allen described as a “polite email” about the same matter, sent earlier:
Per my text:
Please refrain from sending me unsolicited texts and emails
Should you not do so I will contact the appropriate legal authorities to address your harassment
Sean M Spicer
Given reports that Mueller is likely going to try to interview Spicer—and get those notebooks—as part of the ever-widening probe, it’s no wonder he’s feeling on edge. But threatening to call the cops on a reporter doing his job is not a good look for any public figure, particularly one with something to hide.
- Puerto Rico is “100% without power,” CNN reports, after Hurricane Maria made landfall as a Category 4 storm on Wednesday.
- The Securities and Exchange Commission says they were hacked and sensitive information may have been used to conduct trading. Cool!
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