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Dem senator: White supremacists are 'sprinkled around the White House'

Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownSenate Democrats file ethics complaint against Hawley, Cruz over Capitol attack Facebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Biden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs MORE (D-Ohio) in an interview on Sunday agreed with Rep. Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonAn attack on America that's divided Congress — and a nation Capitol Police report warned that Congress could be targeted three days before riot Democrats point fingers on whether Capitol rioters had inside help MORE's (D-Fla.) claim that there are white supremacists in the Trump administration, saying they are "sprinkled around the White House."

"I agree that Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonTrump's pardons harshly criticized by legal experts Romney: Founders didn't intend pardons to be used for 'cronies' China sanctions Pompeo and more than two dozen US figures MORE is a white supremacist, and Stephen MillerStephen MillerCensus Bureau racing to complete noncitizen data, watchdog says Trump must concede as a holiday gift to the nation Pompeo to quarantine after contact with someone COVID-19 positive MORE seems to be, and I know that studies have shown they have their allies sprinkled around the White House," Brown told CNN's Dana BashDana BashTapper battles GOP lawmakers over criticism of Afghan vet's Electoral College vote CNN expanding Jake Tapper's show to two hours, shortening Wolf Blitzer's show Fauci: Mutant coronavirus strain must be taken 'very seriously' MORE on "State of the Union" on Sunday. 

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Brown's comments come after Wilson told The New York Times last week that “the White House itself is full of white supremacists." 

Her comments came amid a feud with President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE and his chief of staff, John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE

Wilson said last week that Trump made insensitive remarks to the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson during a phone call in which he said Johnson "knew what he signed up for."

Trump denied Wilson's claim, and criticized her in several tweets. 

Kelly also offered an emotional defense of Trump, calling Wilson an “empty barrel," and saying he was stunned to learn she had listened in on the call and spoke to the media about it. 

The chief of staff also mischaracterized Wilson's remarks at a 2015 dedication ceremony of an FBI building in Miami during his criticism.

“I feel very sorry for him because he feels such a need to lie on me and I’m not even his enemy,” Wilson told the Times. “I just can’t even imagine why he would fabricate something like that. That is absolutely insane. I’m just flabbergasted because it’s very easy to trace.”