Trump asked 2 US intel chiefs to deny Russia collusion
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 14:59
The Post's reporting, which was additionally confirmed to NBC News, said that Trump approach Coats and Rogers in March after former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey told the House Intelligence Committee that the FBI was investigating "the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts".
Americans deserve answers to questions surrounding the president's associates' involvement with Russia, particularly given the early warmth of the relationship between candidate Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
A new report says us intelligence services obtained information during the 2016 presidential election that showed senior Russian officials discussing how to influence Donald Trump through his campaign advisers.
"I've made my position clear on that to this administration and I intend to maintain that position", Coats said.
Trump did so after top FBI officials, including now-fired Director James Comey, reportedly refused a White House request to knock down news stories on possible Trump campaign-Russia links, and after Comey reportedly declined Trump's entreaty to end the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Any such memos would be within the scope of Special Counsel Mueller's inquiry, as well as the various Congressional and FBI investigations, if they were to be requested.
"Why is the President sticking his nose so deep into this?", "We never mentioned Israel was the source of classified information, so why is President Trump clarifying that he did not mention Israel in his chat with the Russians" are the kind of questions not one but every liberal news channel is playing on prime time in the most co-ordinated series of media attacks on Trump in the last one year.
Former CIA Director John Brennan says he warned Russia against meddling in the presidential election during a call to the head of the Russian intelligence service on August 4. He said the Trump administration has not directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to withhold information from members of Congress conducting oversight.
Brennan said he did not know whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian interests.
Mr Flynn's departure in February came months after suspicions were raised among intelligence officials. It also issued subpoenas seeking documents from two of Flynn's businesses- Flynn Intel Group Inc., a consulting firm owned by Flynn and his business partners, and Flynn Intel Group LLC, a company he used for other projects, such as his paid speeches. Warner and committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., had sent a letter April 26 requesting documents, including alerts of possibly suspect transactions known as "flash notices" and information prepared in relation to terrorism or money laundering cases known as "314 (a) requests".
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Democrats say this is more evidence that President Trump is interfering in the investigation.
"The Russians could have done what they did even without that (Trump's alleged collusion)". He asked Coats, "Was it risky for the president to share that information?"
"I wasn't in the room", Coats began to respond. "I've been on travel", he said.
"First of all, I've been on travel and haven't discussed this with the president ..."
"I find that troubling", Sen.