White Home Chief of Staff Reince Priebus produced a personal appeal to a top FBI official to dispute reports that numerous senior members of President Trump's campaign had communicated with Russian agents through the 2016 election, a senior White Residence official confirmed to ABC News on Friday.
Priebus had reached out to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in an effort to knock down reports of talks in between campaign officials and Russia following a New York Times report on the matter final week, the official stated.
Priebus only produced the request immediately after the FBI had told the White Home there were accuracy concerns with the Times' report, the official mentioned.
The New York Occasions reported earlier this month that U.S. intelligence discovered by means of intercepted calls and telephone records that Trump campaign members and associates repeatedly had make contact with with Russian intelligence agents.
CNN and The Associated Press first reported on Priebus' intervention, which is drawing heavy scrutiny from Democrats who argue that the communications break with precedent that guarantees the FBI remains independent from White House influence. A White House official would not comment on whether Priebus’ communication was proper.
The FBI has so far declined to comment on the story to ABC News.
Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., a ranking member on the Property Judiciary Committee, argued that Priebus' actions really should "concern all Americans, regardless of party."
"This is deeply troubling due to the fact of the inappropriate attempt to influence the FBI and since it may possibly reveal a broader work by the Trump White House to cover up malfeasance in the course of the campaign," Conyers Jr. stated.
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