Sean Spicer Turns White House Into Police State in Leak Crackdown

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is escalating security measures within his own staff in order to crack down on a historically leaky White House.

The measures he is instituting include random checks of White House staff’s phones which is being overseen by the White House attorneys, according to a report by Politico.

After details of a meeting with about a dozen of Spicer’s communications staffers leaked, Spicer reportedly reassembled the same group in his office for what was described as “an emergency meeting,” at which time, he conducted the phone checks, monitored by White House attorneys.

Staffers were instructed to dump their phones on a table for “phone check,” after they entered his office. Included in the phone check was any electronic device — whether personal or government-issued — that staffers were carrying when they entered the room.

He expressed his frustration with the leaks that have appeared in news reports. He also chided staffers against leaking the details of the phone checks and new security measures which he was instituting — a warning which apparently went unheeded. This is not the first time that warnings of leaks have themselves immediately leaked. The State Department’s legal office issued a four page memo regarding the dangers of leaks, which was immediately posted by the Washington Post.

Spicer also warned the staffers that using encrypted texting apps like Confide and Signal was a violation of the Presidential Records Act, according to multiple people inside the room at the time.

This latest meeting and stepped up security measures follows a week during which President Trump has expressed increasing frustration with leaks and has called on Congress and intelligence agencies to investigate and crack down on them. Most recently, on Friday, Trump attacked the FBI and ordered the agency to identify sources of leaks by saying “FIND NOW” in all caps.

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