The Trump Administration’s quixotic and Hitleresque fight against “fake news” sought the aid of the FBI in order to squash reports about Trump & Associate’s alleged ties to Russia. But FBI Director James Comey, whose wrists are probably still sore from the last light slap, has decided to stay mum. CNN reported on Friday that the FBI had rejected a request from the White House to openly label news reports about violated procedures in relation to purported communications between any of Trump’s associates and Russia as fake, according to US officials briefed on the situation. CNN also reported that
…direct communications between the White House and the FBI were unusual because of decade-old restrictions on such contacts. Such a request from the White House is a violation of procedures that limit communications with the FBI on pending investigations.
These restrictions have been in place in some form since the Watergate Scandal, which led to President Nixon’s resignation for his role in the cover-up of the burglary of Democratic National Committee headquarters. Former Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Bromwich commented on the situation stating “[i]t’s quite inappropriate for anyone from the White House to have a contact with the FBI about a pending criminal investigation, that has been an established rule of the road.” The latest version of this established rule states:
“[T]he Justice Department will advise the White House concerning pending or contemplated criminal or civil investigations or cases when-but only when-it is important for the performance of the President’s duties and appropriate from a law enforcement perspective.”
A Trump spokesman and Melissa McCarthy doppelgänger Sean Spicer told reporters that the reports CNN and The New York Times were “indefensible and inaccurate” and “B.S.,” adding: “We asked [the FBI] to tell the truth.” An unnamed law enforcement official claim stated that FBI Deputy Director McCabe’s discussion with Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus began at a White House meeting a day after The New York Time’s story was published.
The White House also tried to categorize that account as fake news, saying it was McCabe who called Priebus that morning to say The New York Times story “vastly overstates what the FBI knows about the contacts.” They later had to back peddle and say the correct version of the story matched up with the unnamed law enforcement official’s account. But the White House, apparently liking the taste of their feet in their mouths, stated that Priebus later reached out again to McCabe and Comey to have the FBI at the very least talk to reporters and to dispute stories connecting Trump and his associates’ with the Russian Government.
Unhappy that unflattering things were being said about him, Trump stated that the hacking of The Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails wasn’t as serious an offense as the leaking of leaking of information to subvert Trump’s presidency. Trump’s natural reaction to all of this was to blast the FBI in a series of stern tweets, and to label them as a “dangerously porous agency, charging that leaks of classified information from within its ranks were putting the country at risk.”
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