White House gears up for prolonged Russian Federation fight
- Author: Leroy Wright May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 23:50
President Trump is said to have approached the Director of National Intelligence, Daniel Coats, and Adm. Michael Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency separately, appealing to them to issue public statements denying a possible collusion with Russian Federation during the election.
The Post story said a record of Trump's request to Rogers was detailed in a memo from a senior NSA official - and that memo, as well as any that may be from the DNI's office, would be available to Mueller, the former FBI director now heading the Justice Department's investigation.
Despite ultimately winning the election, Macron had been the victim of a "massive and coordinated hacking operation", his campaign team said. Trump made the request after FBI Director James Comey announced the existence of the FBI's investigation at a March hearing before the House Intelligence Committee.
White House officials say Comey's testimony about the scope of the FBI investigation upset Trump, who has dismissed the FBI and congressional investigations as a "witch hunt".
Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) became the first member of Congress to call for Trump's impeachment on the House floor on May 17.
The White House, responding to hearings on Capitol Hill about contacts between officials in Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation, said on Tuesday there was no evidence of collusion between Trump's team and Moscow.
We have the alleged Comey memos in which the former FBI director is said to have memorialized Trump's Oval Office entreaty, "I hope you can let this go", in regard to the FBI's investigation into former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn.
Both Coats and Rogers declined his requests finding them "inappropriate", said two current and two former officials on condition of anonymity. Other Democrats, however, believe a continuing chaotic, bumbling Trump administration, despite the risks it presents, would most help them in next year's elections.
Former CIA Director John Brennan is set to testify publicly about the intelligence underpinning the Obama administration's conclusion that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election. On another front, there were questions about whether he would be fired as director of the National Security Agency by then-President Barack Obama. But that crime requires proof of intent, and it is not at all clear that Trump knew he was doing something he shouldn't do-the standard that Comey applied to Clinton.
Trump and his allies in Congress have similarly sought to deflect scrutiny over Russian Federation by attempting to pit USA intelligence agencies against one another.
If Mueller finds fire where the White House claims there's only smoke, then the attorney general would make the call as to whether the evidence was sufficient to bring charges.
Critics say Trump would not be applying such pressure if he had nothing to hide-but that is an assumption, and not based on evidence. In so doing, these leakers possibly did far more damage to US national security - and intelligence-sharing between the United States and Israel - than anything Trump may have revealed to the Russians. But that does not mean he has full visibility into the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.