It looks like the White House still has its share of leaks from White House administration officials.
According to the Associated Press, “Three administration officials” who, obviously, wish to remain nameless because they are not authorized to publicly disclose a White House memo from White House counsel Don McGahn, decided to do so anyway.
The memo concerned the ordering by White House lawyers to have presidential aides preserve all materials concerning Russian interference in the 2016 election and all other related investigations.
The White House staff put out this memo on Tuesday and comes as certain Senate Democrats have asked for the White House and law enforcement agencies to preserve all documents involving the Russians and the Trump administration.
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The Senate intelligence committee is investigating Russia’s role in the 2016 election and has asked several organizations, agencies, and individuals to preserve relevant records.
According to Yahoo.com, one official said McGahn’s memo instructs “White House staff to preserve material from Trump’s time in office, and for those who worked on the campaign, relevant material from the election.”
A Trump spokesman defended the move to secure the information and said the White House was “simply taking proactive steps,” calling the accusations of Russian ties and involvement “false and politically motivated attacks.”
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York said last week:
“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.”
Trump has denied The New York Times’ articles saying that aides were in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election. The White House has begun its own investigation and push to discredit the report by recruiting GOP chairmen of the congressional intelligence committee, North Carolina senator Richard Burr, and California representative Devin Nunes to push back against it.
This move caused Democrats to call for a special prosecutor to investigate Russia’s role in the election and ties to Trump.
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