Multiple sources just revealed to CNN that the FBI rejected a White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump’s associates and Russian operatives during the 2016 presidential campaign, which is under investigation by U.S. Intelligence agencies.
According to the report, White House officials had sought the help of the bureau and other agencies investigating the Russia matter to say that the reports were wrong and that there had been no contacts, the officials said.
Such a request from the White House is a violation of procedures that limit communications with the FBI on pending investigations.
Last month, FBI Director James Comey and then Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper issued a join statement backing the CIA assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election in part to help Trump win the presidency.
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus reached out toFBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe asking for the FBI to publicly deny the Trump-Russia stories the day after the CIA report was published, a U.S. law enforcement official told CNN.
Comey rejected the request for the FBI to comment on the stories, according to sources, because the alleged communications between Trump associates and Russians known to US intelligence are the subject of an ongoing investigation, the network reported.
Political Dig has previously reported that there was constant communication between high-level Trump advisers and Russian officials during the 2016 presidential elections.
Several members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees said that the congressional investigations are continuing into those alleged Russian contacts with the Trump campaign, despite Priebus’ assertion that there is nothing to those reports.
Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, a Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, said the goal of his panel’s inquiry is to follow “leads wherever they go even if they may be uncomfortable to Republicans.”
“The American public will want to know if the President had personal or financial ties to the Russian government,” Swalwell said.