Former White House Press Secretary and Melissa McCarthy Impersonator Sean Spicer reportedly spent most of Tuesday being grilled by a team of lawyers from special counsel Robert Mueller's office, which must have been a lot less fun than getting cheers from a crowd of Hollywood people at the Emmys.
During his sitdown, Spicer was grilled about the firing of former FBI director James Comey and his statements regarding the firing, as well as about Trump's meetings with Russians officials including one with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the Oval Office, one person familiar with the meeting said.
This should be an especially fraught topic for Spicer since he spent much of the spring trying to keep straight whichever story the White House was rolling out to explain Comey's firing on any given day.
For example, here is the spin he was giving Lou Dobbs on Fox Business Network the day Comey was fired:
DOBBS: Has this research and this consideration in the firing of Director Comey, has it been under consideration for some time?
SPICER: No, Lou. In fact, let me just lay it out for you.
Spicer then goes on to lay the whole thing at the feet of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who had just been confirmed two weeks before. That story got blown up 48 hours later, when Donald Trump himself told NBC's Lester Holt that he had decided to fire Comey no matter what because Comey wouldn't publicly clear him in the Russia investigation. Which made it look as if Rosenstein's recommendation was just a fig leaf.
The answers could possibly lie in the allegedly detailed notebooks Spicer reportedly kept during his time in the White House. Mueller is said to be very interested in those notebooks, a fact that seemed to rattle Spicer when their existence first became public knowledge.
If he was that rattled when Mueller found out about the notebooks, imagine how he must have felt spending most of a day being grilled by a team of Mueller's lawyers about their contents.
Depending on which way that questioning went, keeping those notebooks might have been the smartest move Sean Spicer ever made, or the dumbest.
Watch Spicer's May interview with Dobbs below.
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