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Spicer: Sessions '100% Straight' With Judicial Committee

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By    |   Friday, 03 Mar 2017 10:54 AM

In the hours before Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his decision to recuse himself from investigations concerning President Donald Trump's campaign staff, press secretary Sean Spicer strongly questioned the need for him to do so.

"Sen. Sessions did his job," Spicer insisted to Fox News' Abby Huntsman in a pre-recorded interview airing on "Fox and Friends" on Friday morning.

He explained that Sessions, during a Senate Judiciary Hearing, was asked if he'd had contacts with any Russian connections in his capacity with Trump's campaign, not as a senator on the Armed Services Committee.

Huntsman noted Friday morning that the Trump White House continues to stand behind Sessions. Democrats such as Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, however, on Friday called on Sessions to return to the committee and testify under oath

Further, Spicer said in the earlier interview that there was nothing for Sessions to recuse himself over.

"He was 100 percent straight with the committee, and I think that people are choosing to play partisan politics," Spicer said.

Huntsman also asked the press secretary, who has had a somewhat rocky start in his new position, how it has been working with Trump and serving as his middleman with the press.

She also asked him who he fears more, Trump or the press.

"I don't fear anybody," Spicer said. "I don't want to disappoint this president. I think he's given me and the rest of the team an incredible honor to help facilitate and advance [his] agenda and vision."

Trump is always open with the people who work for him, the press secretary said.

"You always know where you stand with him," Spicer said. "He will give you constructive criticism, and he will give you praise and he will tell you when you've done a great job. There's a reason that in his business, people are working for 10, 20, 30 years. He's a man who inspires loyalty. He inspires you to do your best."

Meanwhile, Trump earlier in the week gave himself a C-Plus for messaging and A for effort, and Spicer said he himself is someone who always believes someone can do better.

"I think you saw an amazing joint address the other night," said Spicer, with polls around the country giving Trump high marks.

"I would agree with the president right now that we've got some work to do but we're working hard every single day," he continued, and a "full semester" grade may show better marks.

Spicer also addressed an incident where he ordered staff members to show what their cellphones contained in an attempt to track down government links.

"The president's main concern continues to be that there's an issue in the administration" when it comes to leaks, and "that's a problem because it undermines our national security," he told Huntsman.

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