FBI Will Not Denounce Reporting On Trump-Russia Scandal Per White House Request

President Donald Trump's administration has been plagued by accusations that the president’s associates were in communication with Russian intelligence. A number of news sources reported the allegations. Even though the media refuses to name sources and admits there's no evidence to support the allegations, many of Trump's detractors have run with the story. Pundits paint a lot of 'what if' scenarios, and that alone is enough to stir public outcry. The FBI was asked to get involved, but they've refused.

A White House official said the FBI indicated that they did not believe the president's associates were involved with Russian intelligence. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus asked FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to challenge media stories spreading rumors, the FBI refused.

The Trump administration has been seeking help with federal agencies in combatting the persistent, unfounded rumors. Michael Flynn, Trump’s National Security Advisor, was asked to resign over his communications with Russia, even though there was no evidence of wrongdoing. He mis-reported the conversations to the Vice President. Since his departure, Democrat have been calling for more of Trump's cabinet to be investigated and removed.

CNN reported that the White House may have violated government restrictions by engaging the FBI on pending investigations. The FBI is currently conducting an ongoing investigation into Trump's associates and Russian intelligence ties.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer shot that theory down. "We didn't try to knock the story down. We asked them to tell the truth," Spicer said.

Priebus was frustrated and lashed out at the New York Times for their story about this administration's involvement with Russia. "The New York Times put out an article with no direct sources that said that the Trump campaign had constant contacts with Russian spies, basically, you know, some treasonous type of accusations. We have now all kinds of people looking into this. I can assure you and I have been approved to say this -- that the top levels of the intelligence community have assured me that that story is not only inaccurate, but it's grossly overstated and it was wrong. And there's nothing to it," he said on an appearance on "Fox Sunday News" last week.

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