WASHINGTON (NBC) – White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced today that he is resigning his position.
Spicer says at this point, the White House is at a point where Trump “could benefit from a clean slate.”
He resigned today as Trump appointed a billionaire White House outsider to run his communications office.
This also comes as the White House attempts to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller.
In the wake of this shakeup, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was announced as the new White House press secretary.
Sanders read a statement from the President about Spicer in the first on camera press briefing in three weeks:
“I wish him continued success as he moves on to pursue new opportunities. Just look at his great television ratings,” the statement read.
Spicer allegedly quit after vehemently protesting the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as White House Communications Director.
Chief of Staff Reince Priebus also reportedly objected to Scaramucci, but now says he is fully behind him.
“Reince and I have been friends for six years. We are a little bit like brothers – where we rough each other up once in a while.”
Spicer has butted heads with the press from day one, but this afternoon he expressed how grateful he is to have been in this position.
He announced on Twitter that he will continue to serve through August.
The upheaval comes as Trump’s team confirmed on Fox that they are investigating special counsel Robert Mueller because his legal team contributed to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s campaigns.
“People should know what folks pasts and their motivations, political motivations are. These were not minor donations,” says Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President.
It is reportedly part of an overall effort to discredit Mueller’s investigation into Trump ties to Russia.
Reports say President Trump is already asking aides about the possibility of pardoning family members and others caught up in this probe.
Next week Senate investigators plan to question son-in-law Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., and Jennifer Johnson.