When the White House asked the FBI to publicly refute news reports that associates of President Donald Trump, including campaign staff, engaged in possibly illegal contacts with Russian intelligence, Director James Comey refused. But the interaction between the White House and the nation’s top law enforcement agency puts Comey squarely in the political crosshairs—again. Comey has remained silent while the White House has alleged that it was one of his top deputies who first flagged doubts about a New York Times story on the Russian contacts to Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus, who in turn asked for help knocking the story down—a move that could raise questions about the integrity of the agency’s investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The FBI did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.