A new administration has a problem with “fake” news.
The New York Times published a story on Tuesday alleging that the Trump administration has been “trying to suppress the information that we have about Russian interference in the election and the president’s relationship with Putin.”
The story, which was based on a briefing provided by a former acting FBI director, is the first to be attributed to former acting director Andrew McCabe.
However, the White House later issued a statement denying the story and accused the Times of misleading the American people.
The president has repeatedly dismissed the story as “fake,” even as he has taken credit for it.
In an interview with NBC News, he referred to the report as “phony.”
McCabe was confirmed as acting director on Monday by the Senate.
McCabe did not respond to multiple requests for comment from The Associated Press.
The White House said McCabe’s comments are “false and misleading.”
McCabe is a veteran of the FBI, working as the bureau’s deputy director from 2014 to 2016.
He also worked in the Justice Department before heading the FBI.
In addition to the FBI’s probe into Russian interference, the Trump campaign has been subject to multiple probes for alleged ties to Russia.
The Washington Post published an investigation in March that detailed Russian attempts to hack Democratic Party emails in an effort to help Trump win the 2016 presidential election.