White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Wednesday the administration was referring "all matters" regarding the Russia investigation to President Donald Trump's private counsel, Marc Kasowitz.
"We are referring all matters regarding this to outside White House counsel," he said in response to a question about news reports former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before Congress as early as next week.
Spicer did not elaborate further at an audio-only White House press briefing he ended after about 12 minutes.
Trump hired Kasowitz, a New York-based trial lawyer, last week in the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller on Russian meddling in last year's election and possible ties to his campaign.
Kasowitz has represented Trump in the past.
Mueller, a former FBI director, was named special counsel earlier this month.
Comey had agreed to testify in a public session before the Senate Intelligence Committee as early as next week, CNN reported Wednesday.
Spicer also declined to say whether President Trump had made a decision on pulling the United States out of the Paris climate agreement – and he would not comment on news reports comedienne Kathy Griffin had been fired from CNN for her posing in photographs with a likeness of President Trump's head.
"The president and the first lady have made comments about that, and I will let that stand," he said.
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