White House aide says Russia probe 'detracts' from agenda – Minneapolis Star Tribune

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WASHINGTON — The White House director of legislative affairs acknowledged Monday that the ongoing investigations into possible links between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign have undoubtedly detracted from the administration’s agenda. But he said he’s expecting plenty of legislative accomplishments nonetheless.

“There’s no doubt that keeping members focused on investigations detracts from our legislative agenda,” Marc Short told reporters at a White House briefing Monday evening. “It detracts from what we’re trying to deliver to the American people.”

Short had been speaking about the president’s legislative priorities, including passing health care reform and major tax cuts, when he was asked how much harder it was to move forward when issues like former FBI Director James Comey’s planned testimony and the ongoing Russia investigations are sucking up so much oxygen on Capitol Hill.