Congress hearings show no Trump campaign-Russia collusion -W.House official

President Trump asked two top US intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between the Russian government and his campaign team, a former senior intelligence official confirmed to NBC News.

Reportedly both intelligence officials "refused to comply with the requests, which they both deemed to be inappropriate, according to two current and two former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private communications with the president".

On May 15, U.S. Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) held a press conference calling for Trump's impeachment over the Russian Federation dealings (former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former campaign director Paul Manafort, among others, all have had Kremlin dealings).

The 2008 GOP presidential nominee said he respected Flynn's right to plead the Fifth Amendment in response to the Senate investigation.

The multiple investigations also increases the likelihood of more disclosures - either via leaks or public hearings - that would keep the Russian Federation story at the forefront, bogging down the congressional agenda and continuing to distract the Trump administration.

Flynn was Trump's first pick for national security advisor, but was forced to resign after it was revealed that he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about meetings with Russian officials.

Kasowitz has represented Trump a number of times in the past and has a long relationship with the president, Business Insider reported. But I'm talking about a situation where we were told to stop something for a political reason, that would be a very big deal.

The Washington Post reported Monday, and other news outlets later confirmed, that Trump had asked Coats and Rogers in March to push back publicly against an FBI investigation into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

Coats told Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, he did not think it was appropriate for his conversations with the President to be disclosed, but said he would share what he knew if he is asked to testify by the House or Senate intelligence committees. "I have made my position clear on that to this administration and I intend to maintain that position". Heinrich noted that Coats earlier in the hearing said leaks jeopardize lives.

Asked whether The Post report was accurate, Mr Coats declined to comment, citing his role as a key briefer of the president on national security issues.

On top of those numerous troubling reports, there are reports that before he made a decision to fire him, Mr. Trump asked Mr. Comey during the February 14 Oval Office meeting to consider imprisoning journalists who report on leaks of classified information.

A member of the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday suggested that agency, too, should get in on the action and investigate whether Russian agents used Facebook ads to attempt to affect the campaign.

Rogers, who has served as NSA director since 2014, also was to appear before the committee to discuss the annual budget.

  • Leroy Wright