Trump asked 2 U.S. intel chiefs to deny Russian Federation collusion

Trump asked 2 U.S. intel chiefs to deny Russian Federation collusion

Trump asked 2 U.S. intel chiefs to deny Russian Federation collusion

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.

The intelligence officials in question were Daniel Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, and Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, according to a report by the Washington Post.

The Post story said a record of Trump's request to Rogers was detailed in a memo from a senior NSA official - and that memo, as well as any that may be from the DNI's office, would be available to Mueller, the former FBI director now heading the Justice Department's investigation.

It was the same February 14 meeting in the Oval Office in which Trump is accused of asking Comey to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Coats was called to testify before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, where Sen.

Several congressional panels are also investigating Russian meddling in the election, including hacking into the computer of Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign chief, John Podesta, and the subsequent release of thousands of his emails by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks that showed embarrassing behind-the-scenes efforts by Democratic operatives to help Clinton win the party's presidential nomination. There's reportedly "an internal memo written by a senior NSA official" that describes Trump's conversation with Rogers.

Current and former intelligence officials view Mr Trump's requests as a bid to tarnish the credibility of the agency leading the Russian Federation investigation.

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Like Mr Coats, Adm Rogers declined to make a public statement on the issue.

According to notes kept by Comey, Trump first asked for his loyalty at a dinner in January and then, at a meeting the next month, asked him to drop the probe into Flynn.

"As the president's principal intelligence adviser, I'm fortunate to be able and need to spend a significant amount of time with the president discussing national security interests and intelligence as it relates to those interests", Coats said.

The White House has denied that Trump pressured Comey in any way.

Jack Reed of Rhode Island, asked Coats hypothetically whether it would be appropriate for a president to ask the director of national intelligence to deny evidence of cooperation.

In an interview with NBC's Lester Holt, Trump himself admitted he fired Comey from the FBI with the Russian Federation investigation on his mind. "With so many Trump administration officials potentially tangled up in this investigation and lawyering up all over Washington, such a recusal rule could make it extremely hard for the special prosecutor to hire a staff".

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