1:35 PM: Spicer just awkwardly denied, if I'm understanding this right, that Flynn or anyone else had conversations with Russian officials during the election. This has been reported as a fact in the Times, the Post and in other media outlets.
1:31 PM: Here's a key passage from what Spicer said: "When the President heard the information presented by White House counsel, he instinctively thought that general Flynn did not do anything wrong and the White House Counsel's review corroborated that."
1:25 PM: Note that in Sean Spicer's initial discussion of the Flynn matter, he clearly did not say that Flynn had misled the President. The consistent refrain is that he misled Vice President Pence "and others." He also went to great lengths to say there was nothing substantively or legally wrong with what Flynn what Flynn did. The issue is entirely one of communication between Michael Flynn and the Vice President "and others." Spicer said the President lost confidence because of Flynn's lack of truthfulness with Pence. It is no accident that there is no mention of Flynn misleading the President.