White House to stop taking questions related to Russian Federation probe

Tuesday, 06 Jun, 2017

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday referred all questions related to the FBI's Russian Federation investigation from now on to President Trump's lawyer, Marc Kasowitz. "It has also been my distinct pleasure to work side-by-side, day-by-day with the staff of the communications and press departments".

He is also purportedly under scrutiny in the FBI's ongoing investigation of potential collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 campaign.

That line from Spicer was in reference to the Tweet heard 'round the world - the now-deleted dispatch from late Tuesday night in which President Donald Trump wrote, "Despite the constant negative press covfefe".

"What your question assumes is a lot of facts that are not substantiated by anything but anonymous sources that are so far being leaked out", he told a news briefing.

"You know I've been very clear, I want to make sure this president's agenda gets done, which is tax reform and health care reform and building a wall on our Southern border, and all of the things that he pledged during the campaign", he said.

Dubke took the White House Communication Director role in February in order to help relieve Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who at that time was working double, crafting the message and delivering it to the press.

"I think that he is frustrated, like I am and like so many others, to see stories come out that are patently false, to see narratives that are wrong, to see fake news", Spicer told reporters.

Ahead of President Donald Trump's trip overseas, several reports suggested that he was considering replacing Spicer at the podium or reducing his on-camera role. Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump and one of his top advisers, early this year stepped down as chief executive officer of his family's real estate company.

Conway also dismissed persistent speculation that Spicer, who has been pilloried on TV comedy shows since Trump took office on January 20, was on his way out.

The question Spicer declined to take on Tuesday was direct: Did Trump obstruct justice in his conversations with James B. Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director he fired on May 9? "It's not as if Trump's appointed spokespeople are doing worse than the man himself".

Congressional investigations into the Russian Federation issue have expanded to include Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, ABC News reported on Tuesday.

Cohen did not respond to Reuters' request to comment. The scandals? We're already at the obstruction of justice, special prosecutors, and dotty old man angrily puttering around the White House stage of this?

The letter by the three Democrats follows a call by the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley, last week for a probe into "potentially fraudulent statements and misrepresentations" made by companies promoting investment in the One Journal Square project.