WH On Confirmed FBI Probe: ‘NO EVIDENCE Of A Trump-Russia Scandal’

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The White House on Monday said that “nothing has changed” after FBI Director James Comey’s confirmed the bureau was investigating whether there was any “coordination” between Russian officials and associates of President Donald Trump during the campaign.

“Senior Obama intelligence officials have gone on record to confirm there is NO EVIDENCE of Trump-Russia collusion and there is NO EVIDENCE of a Trump-Russia scandal,” a White House official said in an email to TPM. “Obama's CIA director said so. Obama's Director of National Intelligence said so. We take them at their word.”

Former acting CIA chief Michael Morrell and former DNI James Clapper have both publicly stated that they saw no evidence of collusion between Trump staffers and Russia.

Yet as Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Monday, the FBI was looking into “any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government,” as well as into whether there was any “coordination” between them.

The White House has downplayed stories about business ties between Russian officials and Trump aides, including former campaign adviser Carter Page, campaign manager Paul Manafort, and Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

The President on Monday tweeted that the story was “FAKE NEWS” and that “the Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign."

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.
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