Pressed by reporters incredulous that he could dismiss Trump's second campaign manager as having "played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time", Spicer doubled down.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that FBI Director James Comey's appearance on Capitol Hill backed up assertions that there was no collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.
During the briefing, Spicer sought to distance the Trump campaign from aides who have come under scrutiny for their contacts with Russian Federation after they were the subject of a line of questioning during the House committee hearing.
"It's also important to note that both Directors Comey and Rogers told the committee that they have no evidence that votes were changed in the swing states the president had won", he added. "And so to start to look at some individual who was there for a short period of time, or separately individuals who really didn't play a role in the campaign and suggest those are the basis for anything, is a bit ridiculous".
Spicer even went on to describe Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn, forced to resign after it was revealed that he spoke with the Russian ambassador about lifting sanctions during the transition, as a "volunteer of the campaign".
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LOL! Now, it is actually true that Paul Manafort, who was hired as a consultant to Trump in March 2016 and put in charge of the entire Trump 2016 operation in mid-June, did not spend as much time on the campaign as some others did.
Months ago when the idea of Trump being our president was still a distant possibility, the nominee himself said while sitting next to Governor Chris Christie that he couldn't understand how a president would even leave the White House. Spicer on Monday said he was unaware of any White House officials now being under investigation by the FBI.
"President Obama has a major meeting on the N.Y.C. Ebola outbreak, with people flying in from all over the country, but chose to play golf!"
The press secretary then took a shot - several shots - at answering. "But we are on the first chapter of this process", Spicer said. Last week, he quoted from a Fox News report that suggested the Obama administration had asked the United Kingdom to conduct surveillance on Trump.