USA lawmakers pledge thorough probe into Comey firing
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 18:24
Comey was sacked by President Donald Trump earlier this month.
The report published on May 22 mentions Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and Director of the National Security Agency Michael S Rogers, who Trump reportedly approached separately.
Specifically, the Post reported that current and former intelligence officials described Trump making separate asks of Coats and Rogers to deny the existence of any evidence pointing to collusion during the 2016 campaign.
USA intelligence agencies concluded in January that Moscow tried to sway the November vote in Trump's favor.
President Donald Trump is seeking outside counsel to help him during investigations into his campaign and Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election, and has narrowed the search to four prominent attorneys, the Washington Post reported on Monday. Last week, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller was named special counsel to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election and possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow. Comey is set to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is also examining Russia's role in the election and possible ties to Trump's campaign, in two weeks. He personally asked the NSA director and the overall director of national intelligence to publicly weigh in on an ongoing investigation.
Trump's conversation with Rogers was documented contemporaneously in an internal memo written by a senior NSA official, according to the officials. But Meadows, who worked closely with Trump and White House officials on the House's successful second try to pass a health care overhaul bill, did try to provide the president some political cover.
On May 19, Reuters reported that Trump denied asking Comey to drop the probe and decried a "witch hunt" against him.
Rogers was taken aback but tried to respectfully explain why he could not do so, the officials said. Trump also seems to be unaware that occasionally the secret police like to write things down. Rogers added that he would not talk about classified matters in public.
In a phone interview with CNN on Saturday, J. Brien Comey called his son's firing last week "a Trump deal".
The Post's article is the latest in a series of revelations indicating that Trump and his associates have sought to intervene in the FBI's Russian Federation probe.
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, center, arrives for a news conference with President Donald Trump and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Washington. Coats's predecessor in the job, James R. Clapper Jr., recently acknowledged that Comey did not brief him on the scope of the Russian Federation investigation.