White House Will Refuse To Answer Any Future Questions On Investigation Into Collusion With Russia

The Hill reports:

President Trump’s administration will cease answering questions from reporters about the investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday.

In an off-camera press briefing, Spicer told reporters that any future questions about the investigation would be addressed by Trump’s personal lawyer. β€œWe are focused on the president’s agenda and going forward all questions on these matters will be referred to outside counsel, Marc Kasowitz,” Spicer said Wednesday.

When pushed on what areas would be addressed by Trump’s lawyer, Spicer responded “all of it.” The abrupt change in policy comes just a day after Spicer’s first on-camera press briefing since Trump returned from his first overseas trip.

  • another_steve

    Arrest him.

    Free Melania.

    Make Jared my sex puppy.

    • Jonathan Smith
    • FAEN

      Meh-you can have Jared.

      • another_steve

        You’re just bigoted when it comes to thin-waisted cute Jew billionaires.

        πŸ˜‰

        • FAEN

          Stop persecuting me πŸ˜‰!

          • another_steve

            So just accept hunky Jew boys as your Lords and Saviours, goddamnit.

            The Christians did, and look at the billions and billions of dollars that resulted in for them.

          • FAEN

            Hunky Jew boys with beards and abs? Sign me up 😈.

          • BobSF_94117

            Jared is not hunky.

          • another_steve

            So, tatala, you have, maybe, a problem with a size 30 waistline man?
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/49e9c5e4b9a10db232102492cd0cf092febe601055242c5d3d03645562f1257a.jpg

          • BobSF_94117

            Not at all, in fact I prefer them. I just wouldn’t apply the word “hunky” (some exceptions).

      • another_steve

        Thank you. When?

        And will he be sufficiently sedated?

        • FAEN

          A week from Friday but you’ll have to take care of the rest πŸ˜…

    • jimbo65

      1) Arrest him: yes
      2) Free Melania : No. Bitch needs to be walking behind a nun ringing a bell yelling “shame ”
      3) Jared will be your leftovers after the prison system does to him whatever they do to pretty boys. Maybe.

    • Uncle Mark

      Sorry, Another_Steve, but Jared requires severe punishment. If Jared gets to be anyone’s puppy, it will be to David Huckabee…given his track record with dogs.

      • another_steve

        I possess a fervent and sordid fantasy life, Mark.

        I have his severe punishment all planned out.

        • MT YVR

          I’d send him to Susan, my mother, for a month. That’d do it.

          • another_steve

            No. I’m not talkin’ psychological punishment.

            I’m talkin’ physical punishment.

            I want Jared to scream and beg me to stop.

          • MT YVR

            Meh, different directions on the road but get to the same tears and crying. πŸ˜‰

            I kid! I kid! There’s nothing like the glorious sound of a leather clad hand smacking a… oh HEEEEY this thing is still on. (ahem) Hiya. (waves innocently)

          • another_steve

            The safe word will be “IVANKA!!!”

          • Jonathan Smith

            safe words? sissy. πŸ™‚

          • another_steve
          • MT YVR

            Well it’s a wood-killer so yes, that technically works.

            (sigh) So funny story time. I write articles for the local HIV magazine from time to time. Normally filler shite. One issue they wanted me to do one on safe words. I did. I talked all about them and the hilarious and interesting stories I had about them. And what purpose they served.

            I used kumquat in the article.

            Funny part: Walking to get coffee during the day with people outside the hospital I work in. Across the street, mid-day, there’s someone I know. I’d not quite realized it was them, as the group I was with was talking. But I certainly knew it was some one I knew when?

            KUMQUAT!!

            Was shouted out across the street.

            That was an interesting inter-staff moment when I had to explain what the hell that was about.

            It was best when a senior director stopped me in the hall and stage-whispered kumquat to me. Again in front of staff.

            I’ve never laughed so hard at a bunch of researchers getting so awkward and embarrassed.

          • another_steve

            Lol! Love that story!

            You’re a good story-teller, MT YVR.

            I’m glad you tell your stories. πŸ˜‰

          • RoFaWh

            >> I want Jared to scream and beg me to stop.

            Funny thing, that; I was just watching a video on xtube last night that had that. But the bottom was in heavy rubber stem to stern, so his cries of pain were muffled when his scrotum was being worked over with a rat-tail whisk.

            As a sinister voice once said, ve haf vays.

          • FAEN

            Do tell.

          • MT YVR

            This is a woman who used to scream up at me (she’s shorter than I) and physically back me into corners. When I finally (and we’re talking after 15 to 20 minutes of her screaming, often she’d go horse) couldn’t hold anymore and I’d move around her? She’d inform my father I was physically threatening her. For moving her out of my way.

            This is the woman who spent three years referring to me as the ACTUAL source of all evil in the world. She literally tried to lay blame for anything she encountered on my existence.

            This is the woman who wrote me a dear John (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dear_John_letter) 15 years after I’d left the family to inform me that her neighbours were giving her what “the family” never had. No word of a lie.

            Her pet name for me from birth until 16 or so was “little bastard”. Because that’s awesome for a five year old to hear.

            She was a treat. And passive aggressive… Lord she could do guilt trips. Best of all she wasn’t even the worst in the family but my GOD she was (could still be for all I know) the BEST at deconstructing a healthy mind and personality and torturing it.

          • FAEN

            OMG. I’m so sorry you had to deal with that. What did your dad have to say about this?

            HUGS!!

          • MT YVR

            He was a dick. Bought it. And he was the classic verbal/emotional abuser. This was the way she worked out her frustration from his abuse to everyone. Trickle down, baby.

            I left almost 20 years ago now. Life is sooooo much better. I mainly laugh because they were fucking nuts. Like… how in HELL did they see any of this as normal?

            Though it has given me the ability to ignore guilt and do a pin-perfect Stereotype Jewish Mother routine just by channelling her. Roman Catholic, before you ask. Not actually Jewish. But lord.

            “No, it’s fine. I have no life, but that’s what mothers do. We bear our children, we sacrifice. It’s fine. So they have better lives. I’ll just sit here. Alone. By myself. Hoping you remember to call one day. But if not, it’s good to know you have a full life. It’s all a good mother would want.”

            Lovely woman. Loooovely woman.

          • Treant

            She sounds fun. Not.

            Besides, she should have known that I am the gateway of evil on this plane. Bitch.

          • MT YVR

            Meh, I eventually became quite content with the nickname Satan. Besides it was fun when I got older to agree with her when she called me a son of a bitch.

      • another_steve

        Trust me, I’ve been planning.

        I will severely punish him.

    • Bluto
    • RidingTheLine

      You do make me grin and snicker with your nicely timed throwaway lines. I bet you are a hoot at a party.

  • pch1013

    They’re scared.

    Good.

    • worstcultever

      Srsly. And as if they’ve answered any goddamn questions at all up to now.

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    • Not nearly enough, which is good. We can fully expect Donald to keep right on incriminating himself every other day.

    • Craig C

      Translation: The only public comments on the Russia investigation going forward will be made at 3 AM from Trump’s twitter account. #covfefe

    • Todd20036

      Remember when Bill Clinton said he wouldn’t take anymore questions regarding Monica Lewinsky?
      ME NEITHER
      Remember when Hillary Clinton said she wouldn’t take anymore questions regarding emails or Benghazi?
      ME NEITHER

    • BobSF_94117

      They’re trying to starve the issue of oxygen. No press briefings about it. No video.

      • Pat

        Welp, James Comey is coming to town. That ought to ratchet up the oxygen level a tad. He’s bringing a whole book of matches, too.

        • BobSF_94117

          I expect their silence will last all of one night, though the press office may exhibit more discipline.

  • DrRobY

    Well this isn’t going to end well.

  • Rex

    It’s all smoke and mirrors anyway, so what’s the difference.

  • Bluto
  • TexasBoy

    He claims the Ferengi right of covfefe.

  • Pollos Hermanos
    • “Don’t”

      • Acronym Jim

        I initially read that phonetically as ‘hell, while you’re up…” in reference to early morning tweets.

        And to imagine, I used to work for an entire battalion of attorneys.

        Bad Jim.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    A simple “nyet” will suffice.

  • JT

    Ratchet up the pressure on the criminal scoundrels.

  • Uncle Mark

    Just like Nixon did. Are they expecting a different ending this time?

  • Rex

    Now they refuse to answer questions, like they ever really answered any before this.

  • Silver Badger

    Why ask? They’ll just lie anyway.

  • Jonathan Smith
    • Uncle Mark

      Perfect choice with the orange sweater

  • FAEN

    ‘Nothing to see here. Move along’

    Cheeto

  • Daveed_WOW

    Virtually pleading the Fifth! Also, are they under the impression that they can stop people from asking questions?

  • Won’t last. Donald can’t keep his mouth shut or his stubby little fingers off the Twitter.

    Seriously, it was just a couple days ago when we were told his tweets were going to be lawyer-reviewed, and last night’s “covfefe” incident showed it’s not remotely true.

    All we gotta do is chant “Russa-Trump, Russia-Trump, Russia-Trump” and he’ll go right back to incriminating himself the way a dog’ll return to its own vomit.

    • worstcultever

      good point

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      I could see Trump’s lawyer only agreeing to represent him if Trump’s twitter account were disabled or something similar. Time will tell. Hopefully he keeps on tweeting and keeps digging a deeper hole.

    • Robert Flanagan

      That is of course uless Covfefe was all he could type as his lawyers were wrestling the phone from his grubby little hands.

  • JWC

    Nottalking about it doesn’t make it go away dumb ass

  • BlindBill

    Why would someone’s personal lawyer be answering for all members involved in a campaign? …. so this is just another lie – the reporters need to continue questions regarding all things Russia that are not limited specifically 45.

  • j.martindale

    That means only your critics will be talking about it. That should be very helpful to you!

    • Jonathan Smith

      well, honestly, only his critics are talking about it now.

    • KarenAtFOH

      Except for CBS News. Gotta stay fair and balanced, doncha know.

  • Lazycrockett

    Um they don’t seem to understand the concept of a “War Room”.

  • Sam_Handwich

    this can’t last longer than 6am tomorrow

  • Uncle Mark

    Personal lawyer, huh? I’m guessing it won’t be that Michael Cohen (a.k.a. Mr “Says Who?”) It seems that Cohen isn’t responding to questions…especially from Congress…some blather about questions being too general. REALLY?!! Says who?

  • penpal

    Yeah, but at least Kathy Griffin won’t be posting any more offensive images, thank God. Liberals don’t get it. Not only is Trump never going to be impeached, but the chances are pretty good that he’ll get elected to a second term. That’s how fucked the Democrats are right now.

    • jpinphx

      He doesn’t need to be impeached, but all of his outrageous decisions will be blocked by courts… so just the same.

  • ColdCountry

    Transparency! The most transparent administration, ever!

  • Paula

    Ignoring it makes it go away, doncha’ know.

    • Halou

      It has always worked for them in the past.
      /s

      • Card

        And that rash.

  • The_Wretched

    I didn’t understand why they didn’t trot out, “The WhiteHouse does not comment on on-going investigations.” from the start. Evenso, lawyers won’t answer reporters questions or do press briefings.

    • pluky

      because there’s no one on staff with enough sense and experience to know how to use standard issue boilerplate.

  • Lars Littlefield

    OFF TOPIC (yet, still poop related): We received one of these as a host gift from a couple of guests this last weekend. The jury is in: we love it. It’s the next best thing to actually communing with nature out of doors. And the most succinct review of this product from an unbiased user, “Who knew?”

    If nothing else, check out the answer to where rainbow soft serve ice cream comes from. Mystery solved.

    https://www.squattypotty.com/

    • PickyPecker

      Mama Squatty looks friendly.

    • barrixines

      Don’t people bring chocolates any more?

      You won’t catch me sitting on one of those until Kathy Griffin is standing before a firing squad.

      • Tomcat

        If Kathy deserves the firing squad, what does trump deserve?

        • barrixines

          Actually he could do with a squatty potty and it might relieve us all of his tweeting. (BTW you do know I was joking – Kathy was a spokesperson/spokespooper for Squatty Potty until she was dethroned today.)

    • zhera

      I bought one of those little steps that kids use to reach the toilet or
      sink. cheap at IKEA. It works perfectly and I can really feel a
      difference.

      The only thing is that it’s not really wide enough to get the right angle for my legs, but it’s not a big problem.

      • Lars Littlefield

        This has been a life-changing experience for both myself and my partner. It took a couple of days for the jokes to subside. Now it’s “How did we live without this?”

  • worstcultever

    Come on Mueller, come on Comey (you owe us bigtime) – come on New York prosecutors – come on every shred of what’s left of our country, institutions, and patriots therein – this is IT.

    You are all that stands between us and the United States of Putin. This is the most serious moment in the entire history of our country. I’m not being hyperbolic. This is IT. Please please please do not fail us.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwn97weAxa0

  • jefe5084

    Does this include twitter storms?

    • Card

      Doubtful–they seem to be a fair indicator of how tight the noose is getting!

  • FAEN

    OT-https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/5/31/15716778/trump-birth-control-regulation

    πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

    How is this supposed to cut down on abortions again? This is in part to tell women xtians don’t think women should have sex for pleasure.

  • TuuxKabin

    I thought that IS his agenda!!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDDJeM5R4PM

  • Paula

    Since they are not answering any more questions about the Russian collusion, would it be o.k. for a reporter to ask if Putie was still fucking Donnie in the posterior? No answer, that sounds guilty to me.

  • Halou

    Because accountability before the public is for pussies. So if the White House will not answer questions then we shall infer our own answers.

  • marshlc

    “No comment, you can talk to my lawyer”.

    Now that’s the way for a leader to inspire confidence. What a guy!

  • Card

    But, I’m sure “someone” (no names) will still tweet about it!

    • Halou

      Oh no, don’t share the name, GOP lawmakers will be jumping on you for it.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Ernest Endevor

      RILLY?

  • tim870

    Conspiring with Russia is his presidential agenda!πŸ€”

  • Rocco

    Doesn’t matter to me…there are always his psychotic tweets…lol. Do they honestly think they can control the media, or Hair Furor’s behavior?!? Oh my…

  • wds

    It would be interesting if the MSM etc. didn’t show up for the briefings for one or two days … and give the response “well, they never answer our questions” … Dolt45’s head would explode … LOL

  • coram nobis

    Thomas Friedman on Trump governance, today’s NYT.

    America is under new management. β€œWho is America today?” is the first question I’ve been asked on each stop through New Zealand, Australia and South Korea. My answer: We’re not the U.S.A. anymore. We’re the new U.A.E.: the United American Emirate.

    We have an emir. His name is Donald. We have a crown prince. His name is Jared. We have a crown princess. Her name is Ivanka. We have a consultative council (Congress) that rubber-stamps whatever the emir wants. And like any good monarchy, our ruling family sees no conflict of interest between its personal businesses and those of the state.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/31/opinion/trumps-united-american-emirate.html

    • M Jackson

      That was an awesome column, Friedman getting all Charles Blow on us.

  • James

    Then Russia is the only thing the press should ask him about from now on.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Best advice yet.

    • BuckyB12

      Yup – force him to repeat every day that he won’t answer any questions about it.

  • netxtown

    Well, what else is there to ask about? He h’aint done anything of any worth to anyone other than himself…so gees…what should we talk about?

  • Pat

    Ruh roh, sumpin’s up in Trumplandia if all inquiries are going to be filtered through a attorney.

  • Bad Tom

    The White House won’t answer reporter’s questions. OK.
    But I bet they’ll answer subpoenas. Richard Nixon finally had to, in an almost identical context.

    Court of public opinion vs court of law. Big difference.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      OT so much when it comes to politics, maybe.

  • Treant

    Translation: We’ve already lost the court of public opinion.

  • Tomcat

    Yeah, Nixon tried that too. Guess how that worked for him.

  • Orly

    Hopefully, they will ignore that tripe and continue to ask questions.

  • KQCA

    Translate that as, “We’re guilty and we’re busted.”

  • Taylor

    “President Trump’s administration will cease answering questions from reporters about the investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday.”

    The shorter term for this, that only a few in the White House know, is, “Covfefe”.

  • Jacob

    Cause everyone knows when you say no to journalist they go away.

  • jm2

    ummm… and exactly how are they going to stop Trump from doing it? he’s the preznit! he believes he can do anything he wants!

  • Charlie 2001

    Why doesn’t Spicer just say they are pleading the fifth amendment.

  • M Jackson

    Did I miss something? What question about Russia has been answered by The White House?

    • Gianni

      I asked myself the same question.

  • Gianni

    Sean, You not answering reporters’ questions is nothing new.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    White House refuses to answer questions?? Really??? Please, do tell us again how this isn’t at all a dictatorship.

  • MassageBear
  • greenmanTN

    A very funny clip from the Graham Norton show about Trump, with Salma Hayek and David Walliams. I never knew how funny and personable Salma can be!

    https://youtu.be/_OPHFToszgk

    OT, but Salma being funny again.

    https://youtu.be/I2tzgTZdVMs

    “Are we having tacos for lonch?!”

  • Mary Feustel

    Trump talks about draining the swamp. He has turned the White House into a sewer. How much are the people of this country going to take before we get rid of him. Everyday it’s some new horror.
    Makes you afraid to turn on the news to find that we no longer have a president but a king for life Trump.