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The Biggest Takeaways From Sean Spicer’s Press Briefing Just Now

Kaitlan Collins White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON — Sean Spicer held the press briefing from the White House on Friday. The press secretary answered questions on why the president encouraged his former national security adviser Mike Flynn to request immunity.

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On Mike Flynn’s request for immunity

“I think that he believes Mike Flynn should go testify,” Spicer said. “[Immunity] is up to him and his lawyer to decide.”

On if Rep. Nunes is aware of who ordered the unmasking of Trump campaign associates

“I don’t know what he knows,” he said. “It’s not in our interest to talk about the process. Chairman Nunes and ranking membership had appropriate clearances and credentials.”

“The substance, the unmasking and leaks is what we should all be concerned about.”

“We are committed to working with the House and Senate, as we have said multiple times, to get to the bottom here. As we continue down this path, if you begin to focus on substance, I think you see more and more a very troubling path.”

“If everyone was treating the president of this administration fairly, you’d ask much different questions about substance.”

On the president’s claim that Barack Obama wiretapped him

“It is fascinating to me that we are now arguing over the date, and not the substance. It’s getting lost that American citizens were potentially surveilled and had their information unmasked. All of this should be very concerning…”

On Hillary Clinton having a stronger relationship with Russia than Trump

“When you compare the two sides of who is engaging with Russia, who is trying to strengthen Russia, it is night and day between our actions and her actions, yet no one questioned her.”

On if he thinks any information Flynn might reveal would be ‘damaging’ to the administration

“Nope.”

On when the administration will release its tax reform plan

“When we feel it’s appropriate, we will start to put out appropriate outline,” he said. “At the time, the discussion is ongoing. We anticipated being fully engulfed in health care right now.”

On health care

“I would dispute that we signed on to someone else’s plan. I think this plan is…we came up with a plan we could all agree on.”

“We worked with the House — we were on board.”