White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer defended the Trump administration’s contact with the FBI regarding reports about the Trump campaign’s contact with Russian intelligence at a press briefing Monday.
Spicer claimed that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told White House Chief of Staff Reince Preibus that a New York Times report that detailed communication between Trump campaign officials and Russian intelligence was “B.S.”
Spicer laid out what happened: “The FBI deputy director was at a meeting here at the White House that morning. After the meeting concluded, he asked the chief of staff to stand back a second. He wanted to tell him that the report in The New York Times was ‘B.S.'”
According to Spicer, communication continued regarding whether or not the FBI could publicly shoot down the story between White House officials and the FBI. Both sides “finally came to the conclusion that [the FBI] did not want to get in the process of knocking down every story that they had issues with.”
In addition to the FBI deputy director, Spicer also pointed to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) as someone who knew the allegations to be false.
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