White House Chief Reince Priebus has denied members of Donald Trump’s inner circle had contact with Moscow after the Senate on Friday ordered the Trump team to preserve all records pending a probe.
Priebus, along with Mike Pence and Jared Kushner, was named to me by a Russian journalist working for state TV as a contact to facilitate visas for an interview with Steve Bannon.
The contacts would highly likely have been unofficial and over third parties, but Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is known to have taken money from RT and had phone calls with Russian officials.
The bipartisan leadership of the Senate Intelligence Committee is requesting federal agencies preserve all records relevant to the committee’s investigation into Russia’s impact on the 2016 presidential election, a Senate aide confirmed to NBC News.
Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina and Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia sent the letters Friday as questions continue to surface about whether members of then-candidate Donald Trump’s inner circle had contact with Moscow during the campaign. The letter itself and a list of recipients has not been released.
“That doesn’t mean that there’s anything there. It just means they need to do some things that satisfy their committee,” White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said on NBC News’ “Meet The Press” on Sunday.
“As long as they do their job, and we cooperate with them, they’ll issue a report, and the report will say there’s nothing there,” he added.
The letter was sent the same day FBI Director James Comey visited Capitol Hill to discuss Russia with lawmakers.