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TRUMP-RUSSIA CONTROVERSY; FBI SAYS IT WON’T KILL MEDIA STORIES

(Last Updated On: February 24, 2017)

 

BY: OMOLOLA SODUNKE

 

 

Following the investigations into alleged communication with Russia of former national security

adviser and other top associates to President Trump- Michael Flynn, and his subsequent resignation,

the white house has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to debunk further reports about

communications between Trumps Associates and top Russian delegates known to US intelligence

during run up to the 2016 elections.

This contrives Justice Department procedure, and is a violation on restrictions issued in 2007 and

2009 which allows communications between the White House and the FBI on any pending

investigations only when it is important for the President's duties and where appropriate from a law

enforcement perspective says CNN.

The 2009 memo in part states that;

"Initial communications between the [Justice] Department and the White House concerning pending

or contemplated criminal investigations or cases will involve only the Attorney General or the

Deputy Attorney General, from the side of the Department, and the Counsel to the President, the

Principal Deputy Counsel to the President, the President, or the Vice President from the side of the

White House,"

The white house has debunked the news as reported by both CNN and the New York times. "We

didn't try to knock the story down. We asked them to tell the truth," White House press secretary

Sean Spicer said. He said the media is over rating the request and feeding the public with “garbage”.

This is not the first time there is a stand-off between the white house and the Media, on reports

about the new administration.

On its part, the Justice department, says the Attorney General is looking at the memos and

“following the guidelines in its communications with the White House”

Congress set up investigation committees into the Trump campaign /Russian communication.

Though the outcome of the Investigation may never be publicly released or declassified.

The move for an investigation is an indication that that Capitol Hill will be stepping into

uncomfortable areas of the affairs of the White House, as Americans and the world awaits the

decisions that will follow the investigations to prove if the President Trump or his associates had

personal or financial ties to the Russian government or not, CNN reports.