Trump administration sought to enlist intelligence officials, key lawmakers to counter Russia stories – The Washington Post – and Priebus citing unnamed sources! grin

The administration’s push against the Russia coverage intensified Sunday when White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said in television interviews that he had been authorized “by the top levels of the intelligence community” to denounce reports on Trump campaign contacts with Russia as false.Priebus’s denunciations ranged from calling the articles “overstated” to saying they were “complete garbage.”Administration officials said that Priebus’s comments had been cleared by FBI Director James B. Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. In doing so, the FBI’s leadership would appear to have been drawing a distinction between authorizing comments by a White House official and addressing the matter themselves.Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he called CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Burr to express his “grave concerns about what this means for the independence” of the investigation.

Source: Trump administration sought to enlist intelligence officials, key lawmakers to counter Russia stories – The Washington Post