Trump asked two top intelligence officials to deny Russia collusion

Both Coats and Rogers refused, believing the request inappropriate, the newspaper said, citing current and former US officials.

"Despite this warning, which came about a month after the Justice Department notified Mr. Flynn of the inquiry, Mr. Trump made Mr. Flynn his national security adviser", the Times reported.

The ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee says the panel will be issuing subpoenas to get former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to cooperate with its investigation into Russian activities during the 2016 election.

While Coats testified before the Senate, the man who led the Central Intelligence Agency during last year's presidential campaign, John Brennan, told a House panel he saw information indicating contacts between Russian officials and members of the campaign. He said, "I have made my position clear on that to this administration, and I intend to maintain that position". The shortly after former FBI director James Comey announced the investigation into any links between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

"Are you aware of any other contacts, not just yourself personally, but to others in the intelligence community to conduct an activity?"

Coats wouldn't discuss the matter when he appeared before the Senate on Tuesday.

Coats indicated that he would cooperate with the Russian Federation probe being led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

In reply to a question by Sen.

"By far the most alarming determination is that President Trump is abusing his office", said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the poll. "It was asking them to issue false statements about an ongoing investigation". "Any political shaping of that intelligence would not be appropriate", he said. Only 48 percent of respondents believed that Trump campaign officials had colluded with the Russian government while 52 percent did not believe that was the case.

Former CIA director John Brennan testifying before the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday. He also talked with his counterpart in Russian intelligence, warning him about the consequences of their "aggressive" actions.

Coats also said he had no documents about such a call. "Lives are at stake in many instances and leaks jeopardize those lives", he said. While he said he was unsure if "collusion existed", he noted that the interactions were substantial enough to warrant an investigation, adding: "It raised questions in my mind about whether Russian Federation was able to gain the cooperation of those individuals". Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., asked Coats whether that disclosure was "dangerous" to national security.

"I wasn't in the room", Coats began to respond.

The former official said Rogers saw the request as a threat to the NSA, which generally doesn't wade into public debates.

"I find that troubling", Sen.

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