At the White House press briefing on Friday, members of the mainstream media rushed to protect the Obama administration from allegations that they leaked classified information for political purposes.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer pointed out that an Obama administration official “talked about the spreading of classified information for political purposes.”
Spicer was speaking in reference to a clip from Morning Joe on March 2, in which former Obama Defense Department official Evelyn Farkas said that the administration tried to out classified intelligence on the Trump campaign and Russia before President Trump took power.
Instead of questioning whether the Obama administration leaked classified intelligence, members of the media rushed to defend the former president.
NPR‘s Tamara Keith asked why Farkas’s comments are relevant, given that Farkas left the administration in 2015.
Spicer asked Keith if she had asked Farkas why she advised her former colleagues to leak classified intel.
“No,” Keith responded.
“No, you haven’t,” Spicer said, raising his hands.
Jonathan Karl of ABC News jumped in to repeat the timeline of Farkas’s employment.
“You seem to be rushing to her defense,” Spicer told the media. “Instead of defending her, it might be worth asking her” about her comments.
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