White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany had harsh words for reporters during a press briefing Friday after she was asked by a reporter whether President Donald Trump has considered pardoning former President Barack Obama “for illegally wiretapping on Trump Towers, illegally spying on U.S. citizens, and other potential–potential crimes out there,” according to The Washington Examiner.
McEnany said she hasn’t discussed the issue with Trump, then reminded reporters that she had already inquired why they haven’t yet asked Obama’s spokesperson about the unmasking of former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn or about the fact that his name was illegally leaked to the press, among other things.
McEnany then posed five questions she thought Obama’s spokesperson should be called upon by the media to answer by first asking, “Number one, why did the Obama administration use opposition research funded by a political organization and filled with foreign dirt to surveil members of the Trump campaign?”
She continued, “Number two, why was Lieutenant General Michael Flynn unmasked? Not by the Intel community entirely, but by Obama’s chief of staff, By the former vice president Joe Biden, by Susan Rice, by the Treasury Secretary?”
McEnany then proposed a third question: “Why was Flynn’s identity leaked in a criminal act? It is a criminal act to leak the identity of Michael Flynn to the press, but it happened.”
She also said that if it had been the Trump administration accused of doing such things, she and her team would be “running around the building” answering questions.
McEnany further queried why Sally Yates learned about the unmasking of Flynn from Obama and why James Clapper, John Brennan, Samantha Power, and Susan Rice admitted under oath that they had no evidence of collusion when they all suggested the opposite in public.
Not backing down
“I can guarantee you I’d have questions in my inbox right now” if Trump had done these things, McEnany declared. “But apparently, Obama spokesperson does not.”
“It’s a long weekend. You guys have three days to follow up on those questions, and I certainly hope that next time I ask, some hands go up,” she said, exiting the podium without taking any more questions.
McEnany makes an extremely good point about media bias. She’s arguably even better than Sarah Sanders was at not letting the press control the narrative during press conferences, and that’s saying something.
Even in the midst of unflattering characterizations from Never-Trump commentators such as Jonah Goldberg, who labeled McEnany’s conduct at the podium “indefensible and grotesque,” this press secretary’s willingness to give as good as she gets from the biased mainstream is a valuable asset in the ongoing fight against Fake News.