Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer has spent the last several weeks since he left the West Wing “having some fun,” but things turned sour on Thursday when the longtime political operative told a DC journalist he’s known for more than a decade to stop texting him or else he’d notify the “appropriate authorities.”
Mike Allen, a political journalist with Axios and formerly of Politico, reported that Spicer “filled notebook after notebook” during his time at the Republican National Committee, on the Trump campaign, and in the White House.
When Allen texted Spicer for a comment about his note-taking habits, Spicer responded, “Mike, please stop texting/emailing me unsolicited anymore.”
When Allen replied with a “?” Spicer wrote, “Not sure what that means. From a legal standpoint I want to be clear: Do not email or text me again. Should you do again I will report to the appropriate authorities.”
An hour later, Spicer responded to an email Allen had sent earlier:
Per my text:
Please refrain from sending me unsolicited texts and emails
Should you not do so I will contact the appropriate legal authorities to address your harassment
Sean M Spicer
The Washington Post reported earlier this month that Spicer would be among six current and former White House aides that special counsel Robert Mueller plans to question as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Jennifer Palmieri, former director of communications in the Obama White House, wrote on Twitter that Mueller likely requested Spicer’s phone records as part of the investigation.
“[Spicer]’s trying to establish that reporters contact him unsolicited in case he is accused of leaks,” she wrote.
Mueller must’ve asked for his phone records. He’s trying to establish that reporters contact him unsolicited in case he is accused of leaks. https://t.co/ON9Ckob0l3
— Jennifer Palmieri (@jmpalmieri) September 21, 2017
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