Monday, February 27, 2017

Spicer searches staffers’ phones in leak crackdown: report

At  NYPOST by Marls Schultz  --

Frustrated by leaks in the Trump administration, the White House cracked down on staffers last week, making them pile their phones on a table to prove they had nothing to hide, Politico reported on Sunday, citing sources.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer assembled the group of communication staffers to his office in the West Wing, scolded them about details of private conversations appearing in media reports and made them surrender their phones and other electronic devices to be examined, the website reported.
Spicer sought advice from White House counsel Don McGhan before calling the meeting and carrying out the “phone checks.”

He warned that encrypted messaging apps – such as Confide and Signal – violated the Federal Records Art, sources in the White House meeting told Politico.


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