Trump Asked National Intelligence Director to Intervene in Comey's Russia Probe
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 10:13
A new Washington Post report reveals that President Donald Trump asked the newly-confirmed Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats to intervene to "curtail" the FBI's Russian Federation probe during a March meeting in the Oval Office.
He attended a briefing at the White House along with officials from other government agencies, and according to the Washington Post, as the briefing was wrapping up, Trump asked everyone to leave the room except Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
Comey may also detail other conversations with Trump. Informing the president of his status in an investigation, Comey will reportedly testify, would be improper for an FBI director.
Comey is said to have written detailed notes about three conversations he had with Trump, which reportedly document the president's efforts to get the FBI to ease the investigation's focus on former national security advisor Michael Flynn.
Asked about the testimony, Trump on Tuesday was tight-lipped: "I wish him luck", he told reporters before a meeting with lawmakers.
James Comey is scheduled to testify on Thursday, and it's already been alleged that the president asked him to drop the investigation as well, but Comey refused. He called Mr. Comey a "showboat" during a TV interview and followed up by reportedly telling Russian officials visiting the White House that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief was a "nut job".
Comey is expected to testify before the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday about his encounters with Trump in the weeks before his May 9 firing, and his conversation with Sessions could come up at the hearing.
"It would be unthinkable if the president actually did what was reported", Warner told CBS News Sunday.
According to the Times, former officials say Comey anticipated that the president might ask whether he was being investigated, and consulted his advisers on how to delicately sidestep the question. The officials were not aware of how Comey made a decision to answer, the Times said.
The dismissal - a stunning move by any measure - came as the Federal Bureau of Investigation probes possible collusion between his campaign team and Russian Federation, which U.S. intelligence agencies concluded sought to tilt the election in the Republican's favor.
Comey also will try to steer clear of saying anything that could compromise or constrain the work of special counsel Robert Mueller, now heading up the investigation, such as offering legal or prosecutorial judgments, these people said.
USA stocks extended losses on Tuesday, as Wall Street became cautious ahead of Former FBI Director James Comey' s testimony, APA reports quoting Xinhua. Eric Trump told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday that the story was "the greatest hoax of all time".