Trump Asked Intel Chiefs to Publicly Exonerate His Campaign
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 15:47
Even though both Rogers and Coats participated in joint and individual hearings with Mueller, the team of investigators could not extract many details about the interactions between the president and the intelligence officials.
But neither of the two intelligence chiefs expressed concerns that Trump was asking them to do something they didn't want to do, the report said. Mr Mueller's team, which is in the early stages of its investigation, will ultimately decide whether the interactions are relevant to the inquiry.
The two intelligence chiefs also spoke with members of the Senate Intelligence Committee behind closed doors. One source said that Mr Trump wanted them to say publicly what then-FBI director James Comey had told the President privately that he was not under investigation for collusion.
Mueller's team and the panel, along with several other congressional committees, are probing alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election. Police said Ftouhi, 50, is from Quebec, and entered the USA legally on June 16.
Representatives for the White House have previously directed any queries about the Russian Federation investigation to Mr Trump's lawyer, Marc Kasowitz.
Representatives for Mueller's office could not be immediately reached for comment.
They also fit a pattern of Donald Trump's reported behavior toward the Russian Federation investigation - frustrated and eager to put it behind him.
The question of whether there was collusion between the Trump camp and Russian Federation is the subject of Mueller's investigation (which was previously an FBI investigation), so Trump's request was both premature, self-serving, and a bit random given that neither Rogers or Coats are in charge of determining whether collusion took place. He reportedly asked officers who arrested him why they didn't kill him.
Coats offered a similar response.
This may not have been an order to interfere with an ongoing investigation, but it was sure as hell inappropriate, as both Coats and Rogers obviously knew. They did not get an answer from the White House before testifying and did not know how to answer the committee. Delivered at 11 a.m. Monday-Friday.
The question of executive privilege also puzzled the Senate Intelligence Committee during Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimony, June 13. However, both men had said they never felt pressure to do anything improper, the website said.
That one-page memo, written by his deputy Richard Ledgett, contains few details, unlike a memo created by Comey about his private meeting with Trump.