Sean Spicer on U.S. National Security Adviser

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He thinks he should go out and tell his story.feedback

Director Comey told the House Intelligence Committee that certain political appointees in the Obama administration had access to the names of unmasked US citizens, such as senior White House officials, senior Department of Justice officials, and senior intelligence officials. Before President Obama left office, Michael Flynn was unmasked and then illegally his identity was leaked out to media.feedback

General Flynn was a volunteer of the campaign. Paul Manafort who played a very limited role, for a very limited amount of time.feedback

That wasn't the role for the transition. This was a personal matter, it's a business matter.feedback

It's a business matter, it's not something that would be appropriate for a government entity to give someone guidance on when they should file as an individual.feedback

Correct... You wouldn't know that until he filed. He didn't file until two days ago. We trust people to fill out the forms that they are required to do so in an honest and legal manner, and in this case he retroactively filed the forms he was supposed to do. We did the right thing then, and we expect every employee to follow the law.feedback

The burden is on the individual to seek the legal advice or professional expertise to decide what they have to file and not. It's not up to the transition attorney to go through someone's livelihood and determine what they need to seek. They were given the proper legal advice at the time, which was to seek expertise in that matter.feedback

It's not a question of raising flags. It's not for us to adjudicate whether or not someone needs to file under, you know, the Lobbying Disclosure Act, the FARA registration act, that's not the job of a transition attorney. It's to tell them to seek additional counsel or to explain to them where to find that information, not to tell them what to do or not to do. I can tell you the president has made clear to every person in this administration, you are expected to live up to the high standards that he has set for them and that if you don't you will be dismissed.feedback

He was a private citizen at the time. And when you're a private citizen, you're allowed to engage in legal activities. I don't have anything further on that, but I think there's nothing nefarious about doing anything that's legal as long as the proper paperwork is filed.feedback

There's nothing nefarious about doing anything that's legal as long as the proper paperwork is filed.feedback

I don't believe that that was known. I would refer you to General Flynn and to the Department of Justice in terms of the filings that have been made. I don't know. That's a hypothetical that I'm not prepared to ask. I don't know what he discussed prior to be appointed in terms of his background, his resume, his client base. I don't know any of that. I know that, from what I have read, he has filed the appropriate forms with the Department of Justice.feedback

I just want to be really clear on one point which is there is no reason that we have to think that the president is the target of any investigation whatsoever.feedback

This is silly. I don't think asking where random foreign leaders are and whether they are there ... I don't keep his schedule. I have my own concerns here keeping track of what everyone is doing. I generally don't worry about what's going on across the pond.feedback

The assurance I gave you was that I'm not aware. That was 100% accurate.feedback

I don't believe that was known. From what I've read, he has filed appropriate forms with the Department of Justice ; ask them and subsequently him if you have any questions about the filing. I don't know. I don't have anything on that. There is no reason to believe that he is the target of any investigation. I think that's a very important point to make. I'm not aware', I don't believe', you could look up in a thesaurus and find some other ways ... I don't think there's a distinction there that's noteworthy. The answer is, we're not aware. I don't know how much clearer we can be on this.feedback

I don't know ... That's a hypothetical. I don't know what was discussed prior to the appointment in terms of his background, his résumé, his client base.feedback

The evolving, and eroding level of trust as a result of this situation in a series of other questionable instances is what led the president to ask for General Flynn's resignation. Immediately after the Department of Justice notified the White House Counsel of this situation, the White House counsel briefed the president and a small group of senior advisers. Absolutely not.feedback

We've been reviewing and evaluating this issue with respect to General Flynn on a daily basis for a few weeks, trying to ascertain the truth.feedback

This was an act of trust – whether or not he misled the vice president was the issue and that was ultimately what led to the president asking for and accepting the resignation of Gen. Flynn.feedback

The president is evaluating the situation. I think general Flynn both during the transition and after, just as part of the job of national security advisor, is to speak with counterparts. No, absolutely not. No way.feedback

The president is evaluating the situation. He's speaking to Vice President Pence relative to the conversation the vice president had with General Flynn and also speaking to various other people about what he considers the single most important subject there is: our national security.feedback

I think General Flynn was really clear yesterday that Iran has violated the Joint Resolution, that Iran's additional hostile actions that it took against our Navy vessel are ones that we are very clear are not going to sit by and take.feedback

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