MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell and RNC spokesman Sean Spicer got into a heated exchange Monday centering around the reoponed FBI investigation into Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
After Mitchell offered an explanation for why Clinton aide Huma Abedein not have turned over a laptop in possession of her husband, disgraced ex-congressman Anthony Weiner, as part of the Hillary Clinton email probe, Spicer accused Mitchell of taking sides.
“I appreciate how the media always runs to their defense, but let’s face it, she is saying that ‘My husband that was involved in a sexting scandal with underage people had access to a computer that I was unaware about that may or may not have had classified information.’ That’s quite a defense. I mean, the idea that this is their defense?” he said.
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Mitchell accused Spicer of jumping to conclusions, but Spicer fought back.
“I cannot believe that we are sitting around having a discussion about the fact that her defense is, ‘Well, my husband may have been sexting with underage women. I didn’t realize that he may or may not have had access to a computer that I did have that may or may not have had classified information.” This is mind-blowing. Everybody is rushing to her defense,” he continued.
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Mitchell denied that she was rushing to anybody’s defense and pivoted to Trump, asking how Spicer would feel if the shoe was on the other foot and the FBI announced they were investigating Spicer’s candidate with 11 days to go before the election.
“I guarantee you the press wouldn’t by running to our defense, they would be demanding questions and how this is going,” he responded.
“The Clintons didn’t seem to have a problem in 1992 when an indictment came down on Cap Weinberger days before the election, that benefited her husband. In fact, Bill Clinton went out and talked about what a travesty this was that it was having and put then-President Bush, who was closing the gap. So again, it’s always a double standard with the Clintons.”
Spicer continued, pointing out the hypocrisy of leading Democrats who had previously praised FBI director James Comey for not recommending charges in July, but were now trying to impugn his character.
“When it benefits them, when Director Comey came out and held a press conference earlier this year, they talked about what a great man he was,” he said. “Harry Reid talked about no one could touch the integrity of this man. Nancy Pelosi said, quote, ‘He is great man to have at the helm of the FBI.’ It’s amazing how when the rules benefit them these folks are full of praise the second that the instance turns over on them.”
Mitchell claimed that she brought the Weinberger indictment up on her show Friday after news broke about Comey reopening the case, but Spicer felt she hadn’t put it into proper context.
“I think this entire thing has to be put into perspective. The only reason we’re here is that they violated rules and regulations from the get-go,” he said.
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“If Hillary Clinton and her aides had used a State Department email, which was the rule at the time, and hadn’t tried to bleach it away and hadn’t self-selected the emails, and hadn’t lied over and over again, we wouldn’t be here. This is a scandal of their own choosing. They chose to evade government rules and regulations, they chose to lie and lie and lie. And this is where we are. They have no one to blame but themselves.”
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