Co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Joe Scarborough was shocked on Friday by reports that the White House chief of staff asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to take back claims that the Trump campaign team communicated regularly with Russian intelligence.
According to CNN, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to shut down inaccurate media reports about the Trump administration and Russia. Priebus reportedly also asked FBI Director James Comey to authorize investigators to actively dispute the same stories.
During Friday’s edition of “Morning Joe,” Scarborough and his fellow panelists agreed that the request was improper. However, they also concluded that it was not surprising.
“Why would anybody at the White House be allowed to talk to the FBI, or vice versa, if they’re in the middle of an investigation? I can understand taking somebody aside and saying, ‘Hey, listen, you’re going to see something in the press,’ but this directly relates to the White House. There has to be a Chinese wall here.”
Initially, the White House had claimed that McCabe had called Priebus to tell him that the New York Times had overstated FBI findings on the Trump administration’s communications with Russia. Later, however, the White House admitted that it was they chief of staff that actually reached out to the FBI officials.
“It was the same conversation that they had with McCabe, which was the FBI saying, ‘Yes, it’s bad information,’ (and the White House saying), ‘Well, can you get the information out there? Tell them,’ to which Comey said, ‘We’re just not in the business of calling balls and strikes here.'”
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) February 24, 2017
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