Published: Sun, February 26, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

White House Asks FBI To Discredit Reports Of Russia Links

White House Asks FBI To Discredit Reports Of Russia Links

Nevertheless, the Democrats were quick to condemn the White House for allegedly putting the Federal Bureau of Investigation under pressure.

CNN's report was based on "multiple unnamed U.S. officials briefed on the matter".

CNN notes that the White House isn't supposed to have direct communication with the FBI on pending investigations, especially if said investigation includes the White House and contacts close to the president. Democrats criticized this request.

While sources told NBC News there were not "constant contacts with Russian spies", they say there is evidence of contacts - never admitted or explained by the Trump campaign - with Russians, at a time when Russia was carrying out a covert cyber campaign intended in part to help the Trump.

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?"

The administration had sought to push back against reports from CNN and the Associated Press that chief of staff Reince Priebus had asked the FBI's top two officials to refute news reports about Trump allies' ties to Russian Federation. McCabe gave no answer, and told the White House chief of staff he would get back to Priebus on the issue.

"We didn't try to knock the story down", Spicy Facts said.

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Mr Trump defended his unabashed "America first" policies at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), an organisation that gave him one of his first platforms in his journey to the United States presidency.

Priebus initially called the story "complete garbage", and noted in television interviews last weekend that the intelligence community assured him of that. If the sources are real, they must be named, he demanded. We have now all kinds of people looking into this. "And there's nothing to it", Priebus told "Fox News Sunday". He called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from an investigation into what he said were "clear ties" between Trump's administration and Russian officials. But the push to investigate further shows that Capitol Hill is digging deeper into areas that may not be comfortable for the White House.

The newspaper quoted Senator Richard Burr as saying he had conversations about Russia-related news reports with the White House and engaged with news organisations to dispute articles by The New York Times and CNN.

"Trump may either accomplish more than Republican presidents did in terms of a conservative agenda, despite all the chaos and drama...or he will redefine conservatism", Rick Tyler, a GOP strategist and former spokesman for Cruz's presidential campaign, told NPR.

"All we have done from the get-go ... is to continue to disprove a negative", the press secretary complained to reporters as he defended his boss.

"Intelligence professionals are not there to serve as the president's PR firm", he said.

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