Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer says he will cooperate with the House investigation seeking information from 81 people and groups in President Donald Trump’s orbit, insisting that he has nothing to hide about his time in the White House.
Spicer reacted to his naming in the investigation in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, crediting Democratic oversight efforts to the fact that “elections have consequences.”
A document request sent to Spicer by the House Judiciary Committee on Monday requested a wide range of materials, including documents related to the firing of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Trump’s contacts with and subsequent firing of former FBI Director James Comey, and “the actual or possible resignation or termination of” former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and special counsel Robert Mueller.
Spicer explained that he “respects” the oversight responsibility of House Democrats but expressed criticism of how the investigations into Trump have evolved over time from an initially limited scope on Russian collusion.
“What the Democrats have started to realize is that, from all the tea leaves that we’ve seen, that while some people did some bad things — that there were some people who clearly interfered with the last election — that there was no collusion,” he said.
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Spicer called the wide-ranging probe into Trump’s associates “a potential fishing expedition” looking into Trump’s finances and personal relationships.
As for his own role in the investigation, Spicer made clear that he plans to be forthcoming with the committee.
“All I will say is, again, I have seen the reports, and I will do everything to facilitate this investigation,” Spicer explained. “And there’s nothing that I have to hide, so I want a swift conclusion to this whole thing as soon as possible.”
Spicer was with the Trump administration from the start, jumping from his previous position at the Republican National Committee to the White House during the presidential transition, where he began serving as press secretary and briefly as communications director. Despite his vocal early defenses of the president, Spicer would later resign and make an unceremonious departure from the administration after the hiring of Anthony Scaramucci.