Clapgate Scandal Deepens


First Lady Michelle Obama said Friday that following the rules at the presidential debates was an "important part of the process."

"They really caution you to be quiet, and I try to follow the rules so I don't get in trouble," she said on "Live with Kelly and Michael."

She did not, however, adhere to the rules of Tuesday’s townhall debate where applause from audience members was prohibited.

Mrs. Obama can clearly been seen clapping during the debate, following an exchange in which moderator Candy Crowley interrupted Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

An audience member confirmed to CNN that the First Lady did, in fact, applaud during the debate.

The Washington Free Beacon will update this post as the scandal develops.