White House will stop taking questions about Trump, Russia investigation

White House will stop taking questions about Trump, Russia investigation
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President Trump's administration will cease answering questions from reporters about the investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday.

In an off-camera press briefing Wednesday, Spicer told reporters that any future questions about the investigation would be addressed by Trump's personal lawyer.

“We are focused on the president’s agenda and going forward all questions on these matters will be referred to outside counsel, Marc Kasowitz," Spicer said Wednesday.

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When pushed on what areas would be addressed by Trump's lawyer, Spicer responded "all of it."

The abrupt change in policy come just a day after Spicer's first on-camera press briefing since Trump returned from his first overseas trip.

During the briefing, Spicer took a question on White House senior adviser Jared Kushner's plan to establish a secret back channel with Russia. Spicer blasted the reports, saying it "assumes a lot of facts that are not substantiated by anything but anonymous sources that are being leaked out."

“In general terms ... back channels are an appropriate part of diplomacy,” Spicer said.