A senior White House official tells Fox News White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer attempted to target leakers during a phone check last week.
The phone check happened last Tuesday, where Mr. Spicer called together a group of about 10 people who had been in a previous meeting from which some information had leaked.
When staff entered the room, Spicer asked them to lay whatever phones they had with them on the table. Staff were not asked to retrieve any phones that they had left in other locations (office, car, home, etc).
Spicer told the group that he had heard from reporters that some White House staff had been using apps like Confide and Signal – which erase messages after they have been viewed. Spicer informed the group that apps like those run afoul of the Federal Records Act, which requires that all written communications to and from the White House be archived.
Spicer asked to look at the staff’s phones to see if they had those apps installed. When it came to personal phones, Spicer asked permission to look at them – he did not ‘demand’ to look at them. I am told that none of the staff refused the request to look at their personal phones.
Spicer also looked for evidence that a couple of specific phone numbers had been called.
When asked whether Spicer has an idea of who leaked the information from the previous meeting, the Senior Administration Official said “we’re not going to talk about that at this point.”