Breitbart News is reporting that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is planning to roll back a story published on Tuesday by the Washington Post that claimed Trump campaign officials and other associates had repeated contacts with Russia during the 2016 election.
The Post reported that White Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Executive Director and senior White House adviser Matt House had met with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the president of the White House press corps, Kevin McCarthy (R -CA), to discuss the Russia story, and that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other top House Democratic officials were also present at the meeting.
Spicer was asked about the meeting by a reporter at the briefing on Wednesday morning.
Spicer said that the White Houses team was still reviewing the article, but he added that he did not know if it was true.
Spicer added that “the President did not participate in the meeting, and I don’t know if he participated in any of the discussion.”
Spicer did not respond to a request for comment from Breitbart News on Wednesday.
The story was written by Matthew Miller, a former Washington Post reporter who is now with the left-leaning Media Matters.
Miller said the story was a “coverup” by the White White House.
He said he was “surprised” by Spicer’s comments.
“I would think Sean Spicer would be more concerned about the story and not be pushing it around,” Miller said.
Spicer also denied having any knowledge of the meeting between House Minority Whip Rep. Adam Schiff (D -CA) (shown) and House Speaker McCarthy.
Spicer denied having met with the Speaker of the House of Representatives and House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats.
The House Intelligence Committee is investigating the Trump campaign’s alleged involvement in Russia’s election meddling and whether there was collusion between the Trump administration and Russia.
The White House said the meeting was unrelated to the congressional investigation and that it did not discuss the dossier, the allegations of collusion between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign, or any other issues.
Spicer dismissed the report as “fake news.”