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Sean Spicer held a meeting with his communications staff last week and later saw reports with a number of the details of that meeting in the press. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

White House press secretary Sean Spicer reportedly summoned his communications staff to a private meeting and demanded White House lawyers examine their phones to prove they’re not leaking to the press.

Politico reported Sunday that Spicer held a meeting with his communications staff last week and later saw reports with a number of the details of that meeting in the press. He then summoned about a dozen of his staffers back into a meeting and demanded they put their phones on the table in the room for a “phone check.”

Citing unnamed sources who were in the room, Politico reported Spicer and White House lawyers checked the phones and other electronics the staffers had on them at the time. Spicer also warned that using apps like Confide, which deletes text messages right after they’re sent, and Signal, which encrypts messages, is a violation of the Federal Records Act.

Spicer warned his staffers against leaking information about the meeting.

“With mounting tension inside the West Wing over stories portraying an administration lurching between crises and simmering in dysfunction, aides are increasingly frustrated by the pressure-cooker environment and worried about their futures there,” Politico reported.

Spicer and the White House did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner‘s request for comment.

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