Spicer checks WH staffers’ phones for leaks, vows more searches coming

by FOXNews.com
February 27, 2017

As the Trump administration hunts for the source of a series of politically embarrassing leaks that have plagued the young administration, dozens of White House staffers have had their phones searched in what is being termed “recess” compared to what may be planned, two top administration officials told Fox News.

One official told Fox that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer called nearly two dozen staffers into his office and demanded the staffers’ cell phones in order to check for evidence of leaks. Spicer warned that the initial search would be “recess” compared to what awaits staffers in round two of the investigation, if the leaker – or leakers – aren’t discovered.

A second senior administration official confirmed the first official’s account to Fox, adding that staffers were instructed to place their phones on a desk as soon as they walked in.

Spicer also deleted the Confide app from his phone to show that high-ranking officials weren’t immune to rules and regulations, Fox News learned.

Spicer’s action was first reported by CNN.

39 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Chris says:

    They’re traitors and belong in prison for a long time

  • Jean Langford M. says:


  • Dee says:

    Whatever is needed to be done to Find the traitor/traitors I am all for. These people are So Corrupt and it is a Danger to All of us . I hope when they find whoever it is they prosecute them too . For those unhappy with this administration , get lost , we certainly were Not Happy with the bum/traitor that just got replaced .

  • Peter Pihun says:

    If Spicer isn’t sure then get rid of everyone who worked in the WH prior to Trump. And continue to monitor for future leaks.

  • rewindpulaski says:

    There’s a rat roaming around either in the WH or in one of the intelligence agencies. Both cases of “getting the rat out” can be handled in a relatively easy manner. Each and every person associated with the WH and the agencies – and especially those who attend President level and cabinet level meetings (especially aides) – should be immediately interviewed by Secret Service personnel (and that by the way; doesn’t require any congressional approval).. Only by order of the POTUS… They would be interviewed in a manner similar to how they (the staff) are interviewed by the US Marshall service.. Been there – on the receiving end – when they were investigating a different “who’s the rat” while up in DC a few years ago.. They’ll get any rats.. No doubt about it…

    1. MyRoseHasTHORNS says:

      Separately give each a nice juicy phony tidbit and round them up as they leak. Put them on trial, make examples and when found guilty-hold to the strictest sentencing standards, especially if that is Capitol Punishment!

      AND no more BS about the procedures being ‘cruel and unusual’ they are nothing compared to the ripping apart of live babies!

  • justinwachin says:

    Cell phones are cheap it is unlikely the leaker has just one phone. I do agree that an effort needs to be made to find the leakers and to fire them.

  • jimahrens says:

    The sky is falling the sky is falling said Spicer!!! I

  • regulus30 says:

    find the obama/liberal moles and nuke -em.

  • Tiger says:

    He needs to fire every single staff member in that room except for those he knows very well. Presidents Trump’s campaign ran with a small staff and he doesn’t need that many people unless they are on the up and up.

    Every single person in all agencies who were O people needs removing.

    1. Harry J Schaubel says:

      That should be the 1st step to cleaning house. Get rid of the debris that’s piled up in corners and hiding under the couch.

      1. Tiger says:

        Something is hiding somewhere.

        1. Retired says:

          Cockroaches with wires .

          1. Tiger says:

            Don’t they have something in the WH to detect wires?

          2. Retired says:

            I was serious about putting roaches out with wires, last year there was a article on how small the wires today are and roaches were named to be able to carry them . Plus there are a lot of two legged roaches crawling the halls of WDC.

      2. MyRoseHasTHORNS says:

        and then fumigate and afterward check for other bugs!

    2. Retired says:

      Until he gets his appointments approved it will be hard to do . Blame congress for delaying everything .

  • maxx says:

    Spicer is absolutely correct in what he is doing. There is no reason whatsoever that a government employee has software on their computers and/or phones that deletes anything. In fact they should only be allowed to use a government provided phone at work and at home while employed by the government. . If you work for the government you should be under constant surveillance. It is that critical. I believe Trump or Spicer should be firing anybody that is a holdover from the previous president; PERIOD. They cannot be trusted.

    1. Mike Thomas says:

      They figured Killary could do it and get away with it but now a new Sheriff is in town. It will be surprising how many witches there are in Washington.

  • PatriotGal says:

    Good for you, Mr. Spicer. Find the sleazes who are leaking and plug the leaks – FOREVER!!! If they don’t like your methods, they can resign.

  • Askjrsk says:

    Oh. Surprise. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP is doing just as he said. Drain the swamp. Clean up starts at home. GO PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

    1. American Me says:

      Agreed,It has become pretty clear that Democrats do not want America to recover or succeed.How has this happened that so many have turned against their own Country?They must never be in charge again.Now that we all know their agenda never vote for any democrat.They are all communists and socialists.America is OURS,Government is supposed to work for us, not the other way around.

      1. Retired says:

        Simple answer is greed for the Almighty Dollar.

  • bobnstuff says:

    Here is a President that can command true loyalty from his staff, He has to search their phones, what’s next cavity searches? I guess the thought that they would be smart enough not to use their phone never crossed any ones mind. Of course this is the same group that sat in the dark because they couldn’t figure out how to turn on the lights. I wonder if anyone informed the President that he could hire his own staff or is it the fact that no one wants to work for him. Maybe he could bring some Eastern Europeans to do the jobs he can’t get Americans to do. He had three months to hire 700 people. I guess it was to big a job for him. Here’s a solution to people leaking embarrassing things, stop doing them.

    1. PatriotGal says:

      bobnstuff, there is NOTHING that our PRESIDENT has done that could not be reported in the media when appropriate. The point is undermining this or any administration is treason. World War IIs famous poster seas Uncle Sam with his finger across his lips and underneath were the words in HUGE letters,”LOOSE LIPS SINK SHIPS”. I remember seeing those posters everywhere. Perhaps, PRESIDENT Trump, unlike the likes of you, believes in the goodness of people, thus decided to allow them to remain. That is what a great businessman does…until someone shows the boss they are unworthy of the trust placed in them. Then, the next words one hears are, “YOU’RE FIRED!”.

      1. rewindpulaski says:

        Sadly; in today’s corrupt US culture; such things as keeping our country’s secrets (or anything else that comes out of the WH meetings secret) has become a PC issue. PC in that all is thrown under the 1st Amendment blanket; even our nation’s and the President’s eyes only secrets.. YOU and I and other recognized that such things as our secrets are not for public consummation and should never be considered for release.. Our nation’s security far outweighs the public’s “right to know”.. Doesn’t mean squat to DC; mainly the media.. It’s way past time for the President to get firm on this issue. 1st thing he must do – and there should be no exceptions – FIRE anyone and everyone associated with Obama (past or present)… Obama is running a shadow government under the guise of OFA.. Each and every one of those Bozos – including the head Bozo Obama – should be immediately interviewed by the US Marshall service.. We have to root out these traitors.. No doubt about it….

      2. Retired says:

        Bobnshit ,does not understand that concept, plus the ACLU would file discrimination law suits for those losing the job.

        1. bobnstuff says:

          They serve at the pleasure of the President, there is no law suits possible. Trump can say his favorite words, “your Fired”.

          1. Retired says:

            As usual you have no clue , you just can’t fire a civil servant .

          2. bobnstuff says:

            White House Staff are not Civil Service. Federal agency staff is covered but not the Staff of the President. They serve at the pleasure of the President. I guess your not a West Wing fan.

      3. bobnstuff says:

        If Trump had created a loyal staff in his White House there wouldn’t be this problem but Trump doesn’t inspire loyalty from the way things look. His own staff is in fear of his inner circle to the point they are using encrypted messaging. If there are Obama leftovers there it’s Trumps fault. The White House Staff is not Civil Service. So far the closest thing to dropping a national secret didn’t come from the White House. If you think Trump believes in the goodness of people you have not been paying attention.

    2. Wingedgodd3ss says:

      Three months? What month is it where you live? Where I live it’s Feb 27th. That’s 5 weeks.

      1. bobnstuff says:

        From the day Trump was elected he should have been building his White House and in fact he should have had a number of people lined up even before the election. He should have been 90% staffed by the time he took the oath of office like every other president before him. That was what the transition teem was supposed to be doing. With all the years in business you would think he could manage staffing his White House.

        1. Wingedgodd3ss says:

          Yes but the obstructionist democrats are doing all they can process wise to hold up the nominations. Real class acts. Even the republicans didn’t do that to obama

          1. bobnstuff says:

            Can’t blame the Democrats for blocking names that are put up. Much of his staff need on approval. Trump can’t even get his people to the Senate before they back out. Face it Trump has an unstoppable rubber stamp and can’t find people to use it for.

    3. Retired says:

      It sounds like you need your cavity upstairs searched, doesn’t seen like there is much there with all the Bull you post.

  • tom cook says:

    Rat the liberal scum out and indict them; they can enjoy a big ole black friend in jail.

    1. podunk1 says:

      If they worked for Obama, you know what they are… to the fullest extent.

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