Sean Spicer literally hid in the bushes to avoid answering questions about James Comey's firing

White House press secretary Sean Spicer reportedly hid behind bushes on the White House grounds for several minutes Tuesday evening, as staffers sought to respond to the frenzy of media questions over President Donald Trump's abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Spicer had wanted to return to his office after conducting an interview with Fox Business, but was unable to do so without running into a throng of reporters on his way there, The Washington Post reported.

He only emerged from the bushes after an executive assistant in the press office, Janet Montesi, reportedly confirmed that he would answer reporters' questions so long as they didn't film him.

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But does anyone seriously believe @realDonaldTrump fired the top person investigating his ties to Russia because he was unfair to Hillary?
Trump firing Comey shows how frightened the Admin is over Russia investigation
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This is Nixonian. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein must immediately appoint a special prosecutor to continue the Trump/Russia investigation.
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First Pres Trump fired Sally Yates, then Preet Bharara. Now #Comey. Doesn't seem like an accident. We must have a special prosecutor.
If we don't get a special prosecutor, every American will rightfully suspect that the decision to fire #Comey was part of a cover-up.
We are in a full-fledged constitutional crisis.
Comey's fired, which means Trump must be one of the few people in DC that the FBI doesn't have something on.
My statement on James Comey https://t.co/NWBR8FGTCf
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Statement on FBI Director Comey ➡ https://t.co/vB822Nw5OR
This should not be sugar coated. Firing Comey is up there in terms of the scariest things Trump has done.
I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey’s termination.
My staff and I are reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia. The second paragraph of… https://t.co/qcm1PiFkNG
Ds were against Comey before they were for him.
U.S. Senator Susan Collins’ Statement on Director Comey #mepolitics https://t.co/LHCcbPJMsb https://t.co/xNUeGvENlv
Firing Comey has the foul stench of an attempt to stop an ongoing investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
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"Just turn the lights off. Turn the lights off," Spicer told the reporters. "We'll take care of this ... Can you just turn that light off?"

Spicer, Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway, and Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had all taken to the White House grounds on Tuesday amid a firestorm of media questions and criticisms from Democrats and Republicans alike.

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Spicer eventually spoke with reporters for roughly 10 minutes, reportedly standing in the dark between two hedges as he answered and dodged various questions on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's role in the probe into Comey, the timing of Comey's firing, and the grand-jury subpoenas that were reportedly issued in an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Spicer will get a respite from the media's Comey questions on Wednesday, as Sarah Huckabee Sanders is set to fill in for him during the daily press briefings for the remainder of the week.

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