Reports Say White House Asked FBI To Dispute Stories About Russia Ties

26 February, 2017, 01:00 | Author: Essie Rivera
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Spicer also complained that the media is applying a double standard to the White House, saying reporters would complain if the White House put out an inaccurate story but would not apply the same logic to their own stories.

CNN reported - citing multiple USA officials briefed on the matter - White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus spoke with FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe about having the FBI publicly correct media reports the FBI believed were factually incorrect.

On Friday, Mr Trump said that the media had misreported his tweet.

According to an anonymous senior administration official, Priebus responded to the FBI's McCabe: "Okay, what am I supposed to do?" and "How do we fix this?" "When informed by the F.B.I. that [the Russia-related reporting] was false, we told reporters who else they should contact to corroborate the F.B.I.'s version of the story", he said. "The White House is simply not permitted to pressure the FBI to make public statements about a pending investigation of the president and his advisers", Michigan Rep. John Conyers, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, reportedly said.

They say that we can't criticize their dishonest coverage because of the First Amendment.

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The social media posts from Mr Trump, a voracious consumer of cable news, came as CNN was airing a story on how the Federal Bureau of Investigation rejected a recent White House request to publicly deny news reports about alleged communications between Mr Trump's associates and potential Russian spies during the 2016 presidential campaign. "Somebody reads it and they think, 'Oh, nine people". "They shouldn't be allowed to use sources unless they use their name". And while the Trump team has taken over this year's schedule, the question is whether they are also taking over the conservative movement.

USA intelligence services and several congressional committees are investigating Russia's interference in the U.S election. "These claims deserve further investigation".

Flynn's resignation came after The New York Times reported that officials close to Vice President Mike Pence said Flynn was suspected of omitting details of his conversations with Kislyak, when speaking to the VP.

"I want to do it so badly", Mr Trump said about the likelihood he would run. In January, Conway said Trump would not be releasing his tax returns, adding, "We litigated this all through the election". [The president] has no interests in Russian Federation. The official declined to elaborate or identify which agencies received similar requests from White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. "They should follow the law", he said.

Abby Oliver, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, who interns for a local Republican Party organization, said that while she wanted to see the United States gain better control of its borders, she had some concerns about the "controversial" executive order Trump issued in late January temporarily barring entry for people from seven Muslim-majority countries on national security grounds.

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