Spicer's 'Copious Notes' Could Be 'Honey Pot' for Mueller Probe

Plus, Spicer tells ABC News he doesn't think he lied to the American people
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2017 1:15 PM CDT
Spicer: I Won't Give a 'Blanket Apology'
In this Aug. 11, 2017, file photo, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer stands in a doorway at the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Sean Spicer continued his post-White House press tour with an interview on ABC News Thursday, but while he once again acknowledged that "there's no question ... I made mistakes," he won't be offering "some blanket apology" to the American people. When asked if he'd lied to those people during his tenure as White House press secretary, he said, "I don't think so." Pressed on the issue, he continued to insist, "I have not knowingly done anything to ... do that, no." This despite days ago saying he was "absolutely" sorry about his comments regarding the size of the crowds for President Trump's inauguration. He addressed that issue again on ABC, noting, "I think it might've been better to be a lot more specific with what we were talking about in terms of the universe, not focus so much on photographic evidence, et cetera."

"I could've probably had more facts at hand and been more articulate in describing ... the entirety of what that day was about," he continued. The appearance comes as not-so-great news broke for Spicer: On Axios, Mike Allen says the "copious notes" Spicer takes could become a factor in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Sources tell Allen that Spicer filled "notebook after notebook" during meetings when he was at the Republican National Committee, the Trump campaign, and the White House. "Sean documented everything," says one. Allen calls it a "potential honey pot for Mueller." Allen also offers up an amusing tidbit regarding Spicer threatening to report Allen (who has known Spicer and his wife for more than a decade) for harassment if he kept emailing or texting with questions about Spicer's note-taking habits. (More Sean Spicer stories.)

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