Once a person seemingly perpetually angry with reporters, always a person seemingly perpetually angry with reporters, as the Trump-ian adaptation of the saying might go.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer left his position some weeks ago, in a move meant to protest the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci to the job of White House communications director — and the weeks since his departure aren’t exactly going as well as they could be for him.
It already came out this week that the infamously confrontational former press secretary had allegedly been turned away by all five of the major cable news organizations, whom his representatives had approached to inquire about him getting an exclusive paid contributor role. Now, a private episode that paints Spicer in a pathetic light has come out, although, considering his behavior behind the White House press room’s podium, what happened is not that surprising.
To start with, as we all know by now, the Trump team is under investigation by the team of Special Counsel Robert Mueller for possible collusion with Russian efforts to meddle in U.S. elections along with a host of other charges including obstruction of justice and possible financial crimes.
Mueller’s team wants to interview a selection of current and former White House officials as a part of their probe, including Spicer. The special counsel’s interest in Spicer is heightened by reports about the former RNC official’s copious notetaking, since his notes may document activities of interest to the investigation. As Axios reports, “Spicer was so well-known for his copious notes that underlings joked about him writing a tell-all.” As a source explained to the outlet, “Sean documented everything,” and “the records were just to help him do his job.”
These notes aren’t the first of their kind that the Special Counsel’s office has set their sights on. The now former Director of the FBI James Comey also took copious notes documenting his interactions with the president, and these notes may prove important in establishing whether or not the president is guilty of obstruction of justice.
Axios’ Mike Allen approached Spicer with questions about his notetaking — and it didn’t exactly go well. Allen, who says that he has known Spicer and his wife for a decade, sent him an email and a text inquiring about the notes, and Spicer responded by threatening legal action for the “harassment.”
Spicer’s initial reply to Allen’s text question was, “Mike, please stop texting/emailing me unsolicited anymore.”
Allen responded with a single question mark, to which Spicer replied, “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.”
About an hour after the initial text exchange, Spicer got around to checking his email, responding to one from Allen by writing, “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.”
They call us the snowflakes?
Maybe that’s what Spicer’s problem was in the White House press room — he thought the reporters were out to get him… or something.
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