CNN reported Thursday that the FBI and other federal agencies rejected the White House’s request to refute stories about contact between members of the Trump campaign and Russian nationals, including members of the Russian intelligence community.
CNN’s report was based on multiple unnamed U.S. officials briefed on the matter.
The New York Times and CNN reported last week that members of the Trump campaign and Russian nationals were in repeated contact during the campaign.
Trump affiliates mentioned in the Times’ story all denied that they knowingly had untoward contact with Russians during the campaign. Some, including Roger Stone, later denied any contact categorically.
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