Plans to set up a White House "war room" to deal with the investigations into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential race appear to have been killed — for now, Politico reported.
President Donald Trump reportedly had been considering setting up a team inside the White House to handle crisis response stemming from the probes. The plan called for bringing in former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and ex-deputy campaign manager David Bossie to take over rapid response on Russia questions, according to the website.
Now, as fired FBI Director James Comey gets set to testify before a Senate committee about his ouster, inquiries about the probes are being directed to Marc Kasowitz, Trump's outside lawyer in New York, instead of a White House team, four advisers tell Politico.
Politico, quoting a source knowledgeable about the conversations regarding the proposed war room, reported Trump decided that Lewandowski and Bossie would be "more valuable on the outside."
Over the weekend, it appeared plans to set up a war room were taking shape, CNN reported. In fact, plans to set up several war rooms had been under discussion, according to the news network.
Politico noted that while no final decision has been made by the White House, the president and his aides were not able to reach agreement on how a war room would work.
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