During Friday’s White House briefing, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was pressed to explain what criminal acts President Trump believes were committed by the Obama administration following a week of accusations of wrongdoing against his predecessor, dubbed by right-wing media as “Obamagate.”
“The president suggested people should be jailed for what he suggested earlier in the week was a very obvious crime,” he said. “You’re an attorney and the president’s spokesperson. Perhaps you could lay out the elements of this crime. What crime was committed and in what way?”
“I’m really glad you asked, because there hasn’t been a lot of journalistic curiosity on this front,” she responded. “There were a number of questions raised by the action of the Obama administration.”
She listed off several of Trump’s grievances over the past four years, like the Steele dossier and the alleged “criminal leak to the press” of Flynn’s call.
“These are very serious questions, they’ve been ignored by the media for far too long,” McEnany continued.
Portnoy followed up, “To be clear, I heard you mention one thing you said was criminal. That was what?”
“The leaking of his name and the very real questions that have been raised,” McEnany said, before going off on the actions of officials like Andrew McCabe and James Comey.
Portnoy asked if the president thinks “those people should be jailed.” McEnany said, “I never said that. Those are your words, not mine. But perhaps you should look into it and get some answers. That is, after all, the job of reporters to answer the very questions I’ve laid out and I hope you guys will take the time to do it.”
REPORTER: The president said people should be jailed as part of Obamagate
McENANY: I never said that. Those are your words, not mine
(The whole point was that Trump said it.) pic.twitter.com/HF8XSlxIW2
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 15, 2020