'Morning Joe' Slams White House for Collusion with FBI Amid Major Investigation
Multiple U.S. officials informed CNN early Friday that "the FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump's associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign."
The discussions between FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus began on February 15, the day after the New York Times published a story citing "repeated contacts with Russian intelligence".
Hours later, MSNBC's "Morning Joe" slammed the Trump administration its alleged collusion.
“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?” "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough asked. “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.”
According to Priebus and White House press secretary Sean Spicer, the conversation was simply meant to correct the record. And despite an ongoing congressional investigation, the two claimed the story was false.
Scarborough then conceded the White House should avoid asking the FBI to "clean up" reports, even if misinformation were to be leaked.
“The bottom line, it’s been a mess at the FBI and they need to keep their noses clean," he added.