White House Press Secretary Referenced A Russian Network Conspiracy Theory But Accused Journalists Of Pushing "False Narrative"
Spicer Also Cited Fox News' Sean Hannity Claiming A Felony Was Committed And Andrew Napolitano's Claim Obama Used British Intelligence To Spy On Trump
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From the March 16 White House press briefing:
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SEAN SPICER: Sean Hannity went on Fox to say, quote, “but protections which are known as minimization procedures have been put in place to protect Americans that are not under warrant and American citizens that are caught up in their surveillance” and quote, “by the way their identities are protected, their constitutional rights are to be protected. Now of course this was not the case with Lieutenant General Flynn, because we know a transcript of his call was created and then given to intelligence officials who then leaked this information which is a felony to the press that printed it” end quote.
Last, on Fox News, on March 14, Judge Andrew Napolitano made the following statement: quote, “three intelligence sources have informed Fox News, that President Obama went outside the chain of command, he didn't use the NSA, he didn’t use the CIA, he didn’t use the FBI and he didn’t use the Department of Justice. He used GCHQ. What is that? It’s the initials for the British intelligence spying agency. So, simply by having two people saying to them, the president needs transcripts of conversations involving candidate Trump’s conversations involving President-elect Trump, he's able to get it and there's no American fingerprints on this. Putting the published counts and common sense together this leads to a lot.