Tuesday's White House briefing put Sean Spicer in the line of fire from a persistent reporter.
Trump's bizarre and unsubstantiated claim of being wiretapped by Obama during the 2016 presidential campaign was brought up by MSNBC reporter Hallie Jackson.
All she wanted to know was why Trump asked for Congress to investigate the scandal he apparently has evidence for, and why he wouldn't want to disclose that information.
Whether or not she got a solid answer is yet to be determined.
Spicer was struggling to come up with an answer because he didn't have a good one. The palpable tension was cut short when he came up with a response that left reporters lost at sea. "I think there's a separation of powers aspect here," he said.
Here's how the exchange went down.
You've said the president stands by his tweets from Saturday morning that President Obama ordered this wiretap. You've also said the administration wants Congress — and let's be clear, you said he also found out this information — you've also said the president wants Congress to investigate. Some members of Congress, by the way, have asked the White House and asked the president to come forward with that information. So, bottom line: Why would the president want Congress to investigate for information he already has?
Spicer's response was:
I think there's a separation-of-powers aspect here, as I mentioned to Jonathan …
Jackson cuts him off, attempting to get the conversation back on track.
But you talk about resources and time. Why waste that?
Well, it's not a question of waste it. It's a question of appropriateness.
Continue on to read how the rest of the exchange played out.