The White House asked the FBI to publicly belittle media reports regarding communication between associates of Donald Trump and the Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Normally, direct communications between the White House and the FBI are restricted, according to a CNN story. “Such a request from the White House is a violation of procedures that limit communications with the FBI on pending investigations,” the story stated.

The White House sought help from the FBI in squashing reports; they wanted the intelligence community to say the reports were wrong and that no contacts were made. (In other words, publically clear them of wrong doing). CNN and The New York Times had broken the story about the Trump transition team having contacts and Russian on Feb. 14.

FBI Chief James Comey rejected the White House request, CNN reported, “because the alleged communications between Trump associates and Russians known to US intelligence, are the subject of an ongoing investigation.”

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, called the New York Times story “complete garbage.” During a Fox News interview last weekend Priebus said the intelligence community told him the allegations in the story were not accurate and “are grossly overstated.”

If, however, the intelligence community believes the allegations are inaccurate, it would seem foolish to continue running the investigation.

Both the White House and the FBI have declined to comment publicly on the allegations.