Citing reports of "improper" communication between the White House and the FBI regarding an ongoing investigation into Russia's effort to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee Sunday prepared a letter asking White House council Don McGahn to produce detailed communications between his office and the FBI and Justice Department.
"We write to express our concern regarding reports of improper contacts between your office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, concerning the FBI's ongoing review of efforts by the Russian government to unlawfully influence the U.S. presidential election in favor of Mr. Trump," begins the letter, signed by Reps. John Conyers Jr., Jerrold Nadler, Steve Cohen, Hank Johnson, Ted Deutch, Luis Gutierrez, Ted Lieu and Jamie Raskin.
CNN two weeks ago reported White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus asked the FBI to publicly shoot down reports of communication between Trump's aides and Russian officials during the campaign.
"If these reports are accurate, then these communications are both inappropriate and in violation of Department of Justice guidance," the Democrats write in the letter.
Being sought by March 24 is communication of "any and all contacts or other communications (including phone contacts, emails, texts, voicemails, notes or other forms of contact, whether written, oral or otherwise) between anyone employed by or associated with the White House and any official or representative of the FBI or the Department of Justice, relating to any investigation into Russian interference in the recent presidential election and any related matter."
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