The White House is defending President Trump’s decision to intervene to get the FBI to release a confidential informant from a gag that insured their silence about a Russian bribery case.
The president weighed in after Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, who is probing a controversial uranium deal, wrote the Justice Department seeking the gag be lifted.
Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway on Friday defended President Donald Trump’s interest in the case, which involved the sale of a uranium company to Russia with a possible Clinton connection – thereby getting the president personally involved in a matter with political implications.
‘It is not unusual for a president to weigh in,’ Conway told CNN’s ‘New Day.’
‘He believes, as many others do, frankly, that the FBI informant should be free to say what he knows,’ Conway added.
She pointed to the administration’s transparency, pointing to Thursday’s release of JFK assassination records (although some documents are still being held back), and noted the request had come from the Senate.
‘This was made, let me repeat – the Judiciary Chairman in the United States Senate, Chuck Grassley, made this request to the Justice Department last week,’ Conway said
‘That’s the proper channel here,’ she said of the Senator’s outreach to the Justice Department.
Trump had directed top staff ‘to facilitate the Justice Department’s full cooperation with Congress to lift the gag order,’ CNN reported Thursday.