Trump adviser asked Federal Bureau of Investigation to dispute Russian Federation reports
- Author: Larry Hoffman Фев 27, 2017,
Фев 27, 2017, 14:02
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus had requested the Federal Bureau of Investigation to publicly knock down media reports about the alleged communications that had taken place between President Donald Trump's associates and Russians during the USA presidential election campaign, a White House official said Thursday, the Associated Press (AP) reported.
Trump and Bolton's ire with the FBI follow a CNN report that the bureau refused to defend the White House from allegations of contact between Trump campaign workers and Russian intelligence agents during the 2016 campaign.
Priebus told McCabe the White House was "getting crushed" over the depth of Trump's ties to Russian Federation, as reported in the New York Times, and asked: "What am I supposed to do?" "Classified information is being given to media that could have a devastating effect on U.S. FIND NOW" 6:36 a.m.
"We're going to aggressively push back", Spicer said.
Initially, the White House stated that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe called White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on the day after the stories were published, saying that The New York Times "vastly overstated" what the FBI knows about the contacts.
Other government ethics experts said that the details of the discussions are what matters and the idea that Priebus only discussed The New York Times story, not the underlying facts of the FBI investigation, seems improbable.
According to his agency bio, McCabe was tapped to be the agency's deputy director by FBI Director James Comey in 2016 under the Obama administration and is a career government official who began his career with the FBI in 1996. For one, Justice Department rules forbid the White House from discussing the details of ongoing investigations with the FBI - let alone investigations into the president himself - unless those details are "vital" to the president's duties. "We asked them to tell the truth".
Some time later, senior administration officials told reporters, McCabe called Priebus and said: "We'd love to help but we can't get into the position of making statements on every story".
Sean Spicer confirms that the White House did contact other officials to corroborate their story, but maintains that the administration did nothing untoward.
The article adds that American law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time they were discovering evidence that Russian Federation was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee - this is something that has been confirmed by three officials.
The sources said Comey rejected Priebus' request for the FBI to comment on the media reports because the alleged communication between Trump associates and Russian Federation is the subject of an ongoing investigation.
The official said Comey later reached out to Priebus and said "the story was garbage". "You know what? You asked for the job". Obviously, if the justice department ultimately initiates a prosecution in this matter, this purported conversation would be exculpating evidence.