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Alayna Treene May 19, 2017
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Report: Senior WH official under scrutiny in Russia probe

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The FBI's ongoing Russia probe has identified a White House official as "a significant person of interest," the Washington Post reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.

WaPo's exact description of the official: "The senior White House adviser under scrutiny by investigators is someone close to the president, according to these people, who would not further identify the official."

Spicer statement: "As the President has stated before — a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity."

And another tidbit: McClatchy is reporting that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein briefed members of Congress that the Russia investigation is now working to determine whether White House officials had engaged in a cover-up.

Why this matters: The report reveals the Russia investigation is gaining momentum and reaching the highest levels of government. The Post writes the "intensity of the probe is expected to accelerate in the coming weeks."