White House, DOJ miss Senate deadline to provide James Comey memos, records

Coats' testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee came one day after the Washington Post reported that Trump had appealed to Coats and National Security Agency (NSA) director Michael Rogers independently asking them to "publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election".

File- FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress to answer "important questions" about the Hillary Clinton email investigation on July 5, 2016.

Mueller's former law firm, WilmerHale, represents President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who met with a Russian bank executive in December, and the president's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who is a subject of a federal investigation.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Tuesday refused to confirm or deny allegations that President Donald Trump had asked him to "push back" against the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. On the Justice Department's decision to appoint a special prosecutor into the possible collusion between Trump and Russia, Trump said, "I respect the move", but also distanced himself, saying "the entire thing has been a witch hunt".

Justice Department ethics experts Tuesday cleared Robert Mueller to lead the Russian Federation probe, The Washington Post reported.

He said he may also share information with Congressional oversight committees if called to testify, and said that the Trump administration has not asked the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to withhold information from Congress. "Any political shaping of that presentation or intelligence would not be appropriate", he said. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). "On the other hand, if I'm called before an investigative committee, I certainly will provide them with what I know and what I don't know".

The Justice Department earlier this month appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to handle the investigation into all matters related to Russian involvement in the election, including potential collusion with Trump's associates and potential attempts to influence the investigation.

This view was reinforced on May 16 by a New York Times report which cited a memo written by Mr. Comey.

At the hearing, Brennan stated he did not know nor could he confirm if any collusion existed between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Coats denounced classified intelligence leaks that continue to appear in the news media.

Schiff said Wednesday the committee wants any memos or other materials Coats and Rogers might have detailing conversations with Trump on the issue.

  • Leroy Wright