aside White House Admitting That President’s Chief Of Staff Messed With FBI

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Finally, the republican President Donald Trump and his team in the White House are fessing up to the fact that Chief of Staff Reince Priebus did indeed talk with the FBI on February 15, 2017, regarding its investigation between the president’s campaign personnel and Russian officials for alleged collusion, with the intent to affect the 2016 presidential elections outcome.

It looks like the press is catching on that most of the the president’s shenanigans, such as barring establishment news outlets from an informal meeting with the press, is a tactic designed to distract from the important story of the connection between the White House and Russia.Related image

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On 2/24/17, Spencer Ackerman of The Guardian penned the following report, “White House confirms conversation with FBI about Trump and Russia.”

Excerpts:

“The White House has confirmed that its chief of staff spoke with top FBI officials about the bureau’s inquiry into links between Donald Trump’s associates and Russia – a conversation which appears to violate justice department rules to ensure the integrity of investigations.”

“But in doing so, the White House on Friday acknowledged that Priebus, the FBI director, James Comey, and deputy director, Andrew McCabe, had discussed what the FBI knew about Russian ties to the Trump presidential campaign.”

“The White House appears to have violated accepted protocols and procedures,” said former FBI special agent Ali Soufan.”

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“As an FBI agent, we always know there shouldn’t be any appearance of political interference over a pending investigation. Any kind of appearance of political influence will be considered against existing protocols and procedures.”

“Another retired FBI special agent, Michael German, said the FBI leadership had potentially jeopardized an investigation.”

“It is illegal for an FBI employee to take information from an ongoing criminal investigation and share it with a potential witness or subject of that investigation. Obviously, if the justice department ultimately initiates a prosecution in this matter, this purported conversation would be exculpating evidence. Again, if it is true that high bureau officials believe the current FBI investigation is (bullshit), they should close the investigation and be prepared to justify this decision, not leak their opinion to anyone outside of the investigation”, German said.”Image result for photo of ali soufan

“Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee – which is also investigating Trump’s ties to Russia – called on Comey to explain the communications.”

“Politicized assertions by White House chief of staff Priebus about what may or may not be the findings of an FBI investigation are exactly the wrong way for the public to hear about an issue that is of grave consequence to our democracy. The American people deserve real transparency, which means Director Comey needs to come forward, in an open hearing, and answer questions,” Wyden told the Guardian.”Image result for photo of Senator Ron Wyden,

“If, as Priebus claimed, the FBI not only discussed this issue with the White House but coordinated the White House’s public statements, the American people would also have reason to doubt the impartiality both of the bureau and the Department of Justice to which the FBI is responsible. These claims deserve further investigation.” Trump began his Friday by tweeting an attack on the FBI for being “totally unable” to stop leaks, even from “within the FBI, itself”. Speaking later at a conservative conference, Trump again attacked what he called “fake news” and said news organizations “shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name.”

“Following an administration meeting the next morning, according to the White House, McCabe told Priebus there was nothing to the New York Times’ report, using a colorful phrase. Priebus asked: “What can we do about this?” McCabe gave no answer, and told the White House chief of staff he would get back to Priebus on the issue.”Image result for photo w priebus in the white house

“Priebus told McCabe the White House was “getting crushed” over the depth of Trump’s ties to Russia, as reported in the New York Times, and asked: “What am I supposed to do?”

“Some time later, senior administration officials told reporters, McCabe called Priebus and said: “We’d love to help but we can’t get into the position of making statements on every story.”

“Priebus then asked if he could cite anonymous senior intelligence officials in rebutting the Times article, to which McCabe agreed.”

“Afterward, FBI director James Comey called Priebus and echoed McCabe’s comments. While the story was baseless, Comey declined to issue an FBI statement saying so publicly, according to senior officials.”Related image

“Asked by the Guardian whether the bureau challenges the White House’s version of events, the FBI declined to comment.”

“The senior officials provided their account to White House pool reporters to knock down any follow-up reporting on Thursday from CNN and the AP, both of which reported that the FBI rejected calls to publicly rebut the 14 February story.”

“The Priebus-McCabe-Comey discussion appears to violate longstanding justice department rules intended to insulate FBI investigations from political interference.”

“According to a 2009 version of those rules set by Barack Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder, only the most senior officials can advise White House officials on active or pending investigations “when it is important for the performance of the president’s duties and appropriate from a law enforcement perspective.” Image result for photo w priebus in the white house

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, said  Priebus “has committed an outrageous breach of the FBI’s independence” and “tainted the integrity of the FBI”.

6 comments

  1. Gronda, at some point, Republican legislators in Congress will need to find their conscience. Do they represent the United States or not? When the incumbent damages the integrity of the position, the incumbent’s actions needed to be reviewed and if warranted, cleared, sanctioned, censured or impeached.

    As we have speculated for a number of weeks (and in some cases, months), there is more to this onion and as layers are peeled back, it will be revealing. It would not go against the nature of the man, nor his history, to find something deceiptful. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      At some point republicans will get it, that it is not just far left liberals who are livid. There are lots of folks like me who will vote either republican or democrat. The republicans lost me by getting in bed with the alt right. I just can’t be a party to this ugliness. And I refuse to believe that there aren’t a lot of folks out there who are like me.

      These republicans are in the process of completely losing its soul.

      Ciao, Gronda

      • Gronda, the CPAC conference has been belittled by Republicans for not representing the right messages. Now, it is becoming more mainstream, it seems, and that is unfortunate. I still find it hard to believe, people by this man’s schtick, when he has shown time and again throughtout his career that the truth is a commodity. The Washington Post has a great piece defining the unprecedented number of times, the man’s cabinet leaders and apponitees are openly disagreeing with the man or saying he did not mean that to allies and partners. Keith

        • Dear Keith,

          Thank God for the Generals like John Kelly and James Mattis. The new member H.R. McMaster should be another foil for the president.

          The one who seems to be MIA is the Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson.

          Ciao, Gronda

    • Dear Roger,

      Welcome!

      You noticed how often the republicans pointed their wagging fingers towards the Clinton’s. They held numerous investigations.

      The Trump administration makes the Clinton’s look like amateurs when it comes to conflict of interest issues and its lack of transparency, etc.

      Where are those same republicans?

      Thanks for stopping by, Gronda

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