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Priebus Supports Trump’s Agressive Stance on Media

February 20, 2017

WASHINGTON -Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus used appearances on the Sunday news shows to echo Presidents’ complaints about media coverage of the White House and cited what he said were multiple accomplishments in the first few weeks of the Trump presidency.

“The truth is that we don’t have problems in the West Wing,” Reince Priebus told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Blasting stories that cite anonymous sources, Mr. Priebus said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that President Trump meant it when he condemned the media as the “enemy” of the people. Washington Post reports.

“I think you should take it seriously,” Priebus said of Trump’s statement. “I think the problem we’ve got is that we’re talking about bogus stories. And I think the media needs to, in some cases, not every case but in some cases, really needs to get its act together.”

During an interview with CBS’s John Dickerson that aired Sunday, Priebus cited two recent stories that he described as “grossly inaccurate, overstated, overblown” and “total garbage.”

That’s a problem, Priebus said.

“I think that we’ve gotten to a place where the media is willing to run with unnamed sources, apparently false leaked documents,” the chief of staff said. “We deal with one after the next. I think the media should stop with this unnamed-source stuff. Put names on a piece of paper and print it. If people aren’t willing to put their name next to a quote, then the quote shouldn’t be listed, period.”

PRIEBUS DENIES TRUMP’S ADVISERS CONTACTS WITH RUSSIA

Chief of staff Reince Priebus used appearances on the Sunday news shows to echo Donald Trump’s complaints about media coverage of the White House and cited what he said were multiple accomplishments in the first few weeks of the Trump presidency.

Reince Priebus also denied a report that Trump advisers were in touch with Russian intelligence advisers during the 2016 campaign, and said he had assurances from “the top levels of the intelligence community” that it was false.

Reince Priebus tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” that “we don’t know of any contacts with Russian agents.” Priebus says he had “talked to the top levels of the intelligence community.” He denies a New York Times report that multiple Trump advisers were in touch with Russian intelligence advisers during the election campaign.

Moreover the Senate Intelligence Committee has sent formal requests to more than a dozen organizations, agencies and individuals, asking them to preserve all materials related to the committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and related issues, according to a congressional aide, Associated Press reports.

The committee chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and its vice chairman, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., sent letters Friday, the same day committee members received a classified briefing from FBI Director James Comey. Committee members declined to comment on what was discussed after the more than hourlong briefing.

The aide was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

“I think they’re going to do their job. And they have to do that. Those are things that Richard Burr and that team have to do,” White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said Sunday, a day after the disclosure by the congressional aide.

“That doesn’t mean that there’s anything there. It just means they need to do some things that satisfy their committee, that they’ve looked into something. And then they can have meetings behind closed doors that they always do in the Intel Committee, and then they’ll issue a report,” Priebus told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

On Thursday, Senate Democrats wrote the White House and law enforcement agencies seeking assurances that they were preserving all materials related to contacts individuals associated with President Donald Trump had with Russians.

Those letters asked for confirmation that the White House, FBI and Justice Department had instructed their employees to preserve all materials related to any contacts Trump’s administration, campaign, transition team — or anyone acting on their behalf — have had with Russian government officials or its associates.

Priebus said that as long as committee members “do their job, and we cooperate with them, they’ll issue a report, and the report will say there’s nothing there.”

The letter to the White House counsel said the executive branch and Congress have been investigating Russia’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 election. As a part of these investigations, there have been ongoing inquiries into communications or contacts between the Trump campaign or Trump transition team and associates or officials of the Russian government, including communications involving ousted national security adviser Mike Flynn.

Congressional staffers have said that they are not aware of any evidence that materials are not being preserved, but Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York said Thursday on the Senate floor: “There is real concern that some in the administration may try to cover up its ties to Russia by deleting emails, texts and other records that could shine a light on those connections. These records are likely to be the subject of executive branch as well as congressional investigations and must be preserved.”

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