White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer criticized CNN at Thursday's press briefing for reporting that U.S. officials are investigating associates of the president who may have communicated with suspected Russian operatives.
"So let’s actually look at what CNN reported. They reported that anonymous U.S. officials have told them that information indicates that association of the campaign and suspected operatives coordinated, which they admit is not conclusive of anything, is bordering on collusion. The last line of the thing said, 'The FBI cannot yet prove that collusion took place,'" Spicer said.
"I think there’s probably more evidence that CNN colluded with the Clinton campaign to give her debate questions than the Trump campaign gave any kind of collusion. So I think when it comes down to that reporting, it is filled with a bunch of subjective terms about this person may have done this, possibly could have done that," Spicer also said. "And at the end of the story, if you wade to the very bottom it says, 'The FBI cannot yet prove that collusion took place.' So I’ve addressed this type of reporting in the past, and this fits right in."