CNN, NBC News Confirm Trump Aides Contact with Russians

The same White House official said that Priebus later reached out again to McCabe and to FBI Director James Comey asking for the FBI to at least talk to reporters on background to dispute the stories. A law enforcement official says McCabe didn’t discuss aspects of the case but wouldn’t say exactly what McCabe told Priebus. [CNN]

WELL, WE finally know what outsider-ism gets us in the White House. A bunch of people who are clueless about separation of powers, and the purpose of the FBI firewall on executive branch meddling in current investigations.

Oh, but not to worry, it’s not Trump’s fault.

The FBI started it.

After Reince Priebus called the New York Times story on Russian contacts with the Trump campaign “complete garbage” on Fox News Sunday, the CNN story broke claiming the FBI had pulled Reince Priebus aside to say that the New York Times story was “overblown and not supported by any evidence the FBI had.”

NBC’s First Read puts more context to CNN’s reporting, emphasis original.

This White House explanation raises the question: So what’s worse — the White House asking the FBI to publicly knock down a story, or the FBI pulling aside a top White House official to comment on the big story of the day? Just ask yourself: If you substituted Clinton’s and Lynch’s names for Priebus’ and McCabe’s, would the congressional hearings already be scheduled?

But not so fast. NBC’s Ken Delanian has more

“NBC News was told by law enforcement and intelligence sources that the NYT story WAS wrong — in its use of the term ‘Russian intelligence officials.’ Our sources say there were contacts with Russians, but that the US hasn’t confirmed they work for spy agencies. We were also told CNN’s description of Trump aides being in ‘constant touch’ with Russians was overstated. However, our sources did tell us that intelligence intercepts picked up contacts among Trump aides and Russians during the campaign.”

So the Russian contacts with the Trump campaign may not have been through “spy agencies.”

But the contact was made.

…and when Reince Priebus broke protocol to ask the FBI to come to their defense, Director Comey said he doesn’t want be seen calling “balls and strikes” on an ongoing investigation. Is that rich…

There is little doubt that the Trump campaign had contact with the Russians during the campaign, which came at a time when the Kremlin was undertaking a massive disinformation campaign to disrupt the U.S. election.

Getting to the bottom of what happened in the 2016 election is a lot more important that soothing Trump’s humongous ego.

It’s hilarious that President Snowflake now hates leakers.