According to new reporting from CNN, White (Supremacist) House chief-of-staff and human/weasel hybrid Reince "Prepuce" Priebus tried to get the FBI to knock down reports in the New York Times indicating that there was frequent contact between Russian officials and the campaign of narcissist and Putin poodle Donald "Rump" Trump. The FBI rejected the request, saying that the investigation into those contacts was ongoing. In addition, ever since the Watergate era, when the Nixon and his co-conspirators meddled in the Justice Department's business, contacts between the FBI and White House are barred except in very limited situations and only to the President, Vice President, General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel. Prepuce apparently talked to FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe after the New York Times story appeared.
Prepuce and the White House are now claiming that the FBI suggested that the allegations of contacts between the campaign and Russia were inaccurate, despite the fact that the Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov claimed just days after the election that there were contacts between Russian officials and the campaign. Numerous sources in the intelligence community have also alleged frequent contacts, and Rump campaign aides Paul Manafort and Carter Page were known to have ties to Russian officials and business there.
This White House has a habit of making bad choices in their phone calls, especially when the calls involve Russia. With this Nixonian attempt to steer the FBI investigation, it should be clear that Rump is desperately trying to change the subject and bury the evidence. Prepuce, an empty suit and hack, is all too willing to help his boss in that effort.
BONUS: Someone is acting like he has something to hide --
The FBI is totally unable to stop the national security "leakers" that have permeated our government for a long time. They can't even......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2017
Can't have those leaks! Looks like a job for Nixon & Co. Plumbers!find the leakers within the FBI itself. Classified information is being given to media that could have a devastating effect on U.S. FIND NOW— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2017
BONUS II: Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe had this to say about Prepuce's contact:
"[I]t could well be attempted obstruction of justice, and it’s certainly so unethical that it would be a firing offense for a chief of staff in any White House that respects the rule of law.”As with the Michael Flynn episode, Prepuce was likely just following a direct order from the shitgibbon.
BONUS III: Charles Pierce on how another Republican President tried to use Federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies to influence an investigation, with disastrous consequences.