Trump Asked Intel Chiefs to Deny Russia Evidence
- Author: Leroy Wright May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 21:20
President Donald Trump asked two of the government's top intelligence chiefs to publicly deny evidence of cooperation between his campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election, multiple current and former United States officials confirmed to CNN Monday.
Former Trump campaign staffer Michael Caputo has agreed to give an interview with the House Intelligence Committee, where he will take questions about Russia's actions during the 2016 election. McMaster sought to reframe the conversation between Trump and the Russian officials after a Washington Post report revealed that Trump shared code-word classified information with the Russians in that meeting. It is unclear if a similar memo was prepared by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to document Trump's conversation with Coats.
So far, he's fired Comey, Sally Yates (whose decision not to enforce the ill-thought-out travel ban has so far been upheld) and the USA attorney in NY who was investigating Trump. The president has repeatedly said there was no collusion.
He added: "If any president tries to impede an investigation - any president, no matter who it is, by interfering with the FBI - yes that would be problematic".
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Senior intelligence officials also saw the March requests as a threat to the independence of US spy agencies, which are supposed to remain insulated from partisan issues.
In February, Mr Trump asked several senior congressmen and intelligence officials to contact journalists and tell them there was no evidence to support the allegations of campaign links to Russian Federation. "The president will continue to focus on his agenda that he was elected to pursue by the American people". The White House is still fighting the released comments over Russian investigation and the firing of FBI director. In the case of the Trump fiasco, one senses we will have a full accounting far sooner than that.
Trump had said Thursday he was "very close" to naming a replacement and that former Connecticut Sen. From his time on the reality television programme, The Apprentice, where he made 'You're fired!' his catchphrase, Trump has been using it liberally since - and probably too much so.
That same week, Trump telephoned Rogers to make a similar appeal. According to recent reports, due to the current allegations hovering President Donald Trump, he is reportedly asked to hire lawyers.
"I don't think (Trump) ever asked somebody to say something that they didn't believe was true", the former official said.
The New York Times was the first to report on the committee's requests.
Ultimately, Trump made a decision to nominate Coats, rather than Rogers.
In his written response to the committee, Caputo said he neither had contact with Russian officials nor discussed Russia with Trump or other campaign aides while working for the campaign from November 2015 until June 2016. "It is a candid internal memorandum about the FBI director's public statements concerning a high-profile criminal investigation".
But the Trump-Comey Oval Office encounter, however Comey took it at the time, becomes even more sinister in light of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's firing. [Image by Win McNamee/Getty Images] "By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russian Federation".