The day after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Donald Trump was not the target of a counterintelligence investigation, the Justice Department refused to confirm the statement from the White House, that Trump was not involved.
An unnamed source in the Justice Department from a New York Times story is quoted as saying there “was no indication that anyone at the Justice Department had given the White House that assurance.”
In other words when Spicer said his boss is not the target of an investigation by the Justice Department, he was saying so on his own behalf, no one from the Justice Department had told him that.
Normally, when speaking about an ongoing investigation, the DOJ and other agencies will offer a “no comment,” to any questions. This makes today’s information by a DOJ official out of the norm. The intelligence community, especially James Comey, seems irked at the president over his tweets regarding false or unconfirmed information.
Last week, after Trump made an unsubstantiated claim that President Obama had spied on him at Trump Towers during the election, Comey requested that someone in the Department of Justice should refute the claim.