(National Sentinel) Fake News: President Donald J. Trump’s former chief of staff, Reince Priebus, gave new details on Sunday about a February 2017 conversation he had with former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe regarding the so-called “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia.
In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Priebus said that McCabe walked into his office on Feb. 14, closed the door, and told him in no uncertain terms that a New York Times report about alleged contacts between Trump campaign aides and Russian intelligence was “BS.”
That meeting wound up being controversial because subsequent leaks to the media claimed that Priebus pressured McCabe for the FBI to publicly admit that the Trump campaign and Russia were not colluding.
As The Daily Caller reported:
On Feb. 24, CNN published a report citing multiple unnamed sources who said that the FBI rejected the request from McCabe, who left his job as deputy director earlier this week. The article, which has been heavily edited since publication, initially framed the White House and Priebus in a negative light by suggesting that Priebus took a proactive step to ask McCabe to rebut the Times report.
“The direct communications between the White House and the FBI were unusual because of decade-old restrictions on such contacts. Such a request from the White House is a violation of procedures that limit communications with the FBI on pending investigations,” the article noted.
Following the CNN report the White House clarified that McCabe had informed Priebus that the Times report was not accurate.
On Sunday, Priebus told “Meet the Press” that McCabe “walked into my office, shut my door and basically told me that The New York Times story that was in the paper, that first came out in February that said there are constant contacts between the Trump campaign and the Russians, with the door closed, looked at me and said ‘I want you to know that this story right here is total BS. It’s overstated and it’s not true.’”
“This is the deputy director of the FBI. I didn’t know who he was, it’s the middle of February,” Priebus added.
The former chief of staff and head of the Republican National Committee also said he never saw any collusion and that Trump never once said he wanted to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.
“I never felt that I was involved in something nefarious the whole way through, from the beginning to the end. So you can understand the frustration of the President when he’s told he’s not under investigation,” Priebus said.
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