Sean Spicer, first press secretary for the Trump White House, has come out in defense of the Mueller investigation. In a statement released on Thursday, Spicer said he does not believe that the Mueller investigation is a witch hunt. Spicer added, “I see no evidence that it is.”
The former Press secretary went on to say that he does not believe there is any evidence of collusion with Russia by the Trump campaign.
President Trump has been adamant that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 Presidential election. The POTUS has often referred to the charge as a “made up story.” Trump initially sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a press conference in Helsinki and then walked back his comment days later.
Sean Spicer joins a growing list of Republicans who have broken away from the President. That list includes Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan. CNN previously reported on the Speaker’s comments. “There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world,” Ryan said.
Senate Majority leader, Mitch McConnell has also been outspoken about his support for the intelligence community’s assessment. “I’ve said it a number of times and I say it, again, the Russians are not our friends and I entirely believe the assessment of our intelligence community.”
Sean Spicer, however, did reaffirm that he does not believe that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. Spicer also avoided criticizing President Trump for his lack of support for the intelligence community.
President Trump seems to have stirred a hornet’s nest with his comments in Helsinki and his constant bashing of the Mueller investigation on social media. The question remains whether more Republicans will join Spicer in standing by our intelligence community.