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White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during a daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Spicer said there's no need for a special prosecutor into investigations of Russia ties


Rewatch Sean Spicer's press briefing from the White House.

How many people have to say there's nothing there until you believe there's nothing there?
Sean Spicer

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer refuted claims he asked CIA Director Mike Pompeo to quash news stories of contact between Russian officials and the Trump campaign. During a press briefing on Monday, Spicer insisted the administration was "engaging with the press" by forwarding reporters asking about the stories to subject matter experts.

Spicer cited contact with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) of the House Intelligence Committee.

Nunes said he had not seen evidence that the Trump campaign had contact with Russia. 

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), also of the House Intelligence Committee, said in a press conference the committee didn't know yet if the two entities had made contact.

Spicer insisted "nothing has come" of Russia investigations. Journalists disagreed.

He also denied the need for a special prosecutor into Russia ties.

We are taking his words and turning them into policies and dollars.
Mick Mulvaney

Spicer, alongside Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, also discussed the blueprint for President Trump's budget, which includes a significant increase in military spending and a reduction in foreign aid and cuts for non-military agencies.

Spicer later said cuts would be "sensible and rational" but also "tough."

When asked about Trump's stance on China, including his recent affirmation of the "One China" policy that he had previously questioned, Spicer said Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping had spoken.

When asked if Trump got something for that deal, Spicer said, "The President always gets something."

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