Monday, 17 December, 2018

Intelligence chief won't disclose private conversations with Trump

White House officials say Comey's testimony about the scope of the FBI investigation upset Trump REUTERS White House officials say Comey's testimony about the scope of the FBI investigation upset Trump
Sandy Vega | 24 May, 2017, 06:20

US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Tuesday sidestepped questions about an explosive report which said President Donald Trump pressured him to help push back against the probe into Russian ties with his campaign.

New information leaked from current and former White House officials say President Trump asked two of the nation's top intelligence officials in March to stop the FBI investigation into a likely collusion between Russian Federation and his campaign, Washington Post reports.

Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the requests, which they both deemed to be inappropriate, according to two current and two former officials, who spoke on anonymity. I also say that this can happen with a Republican-controlled House and Senate if the public weighs in by demanding that the Republican President be charged by way of impeachment."We have learned, if the reporting is accurate, that the president is willing to directly interfere with an active investigation", Schumer said.

"I do believe that the information and discussions that I've had with the president are something that should not be disclosed", Coats said.

He hasn't discussed the issue with Trump yet, he said, because the president has been traveling.

But, the Post noted, this was viewed by both current and former top intelligence officials "as an attempt by the president to tarnish the credibility of the agency leading the Russian Federation investigation". That's certainly what [FBI special counsel Robert] Mueller is going to have to investigate. Trump abruptly fired Comey weeks later.

Well, it's all part of the same group of facts, which is, was Donald Trump trying to impede the FBI investigation of the Russian Federation connection?

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Trump fired Comey, who was leading a separate Justice Department investigation on Russian Federation, on May 9.

Comey will testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee sometime after Memorial Day.

The president's alleged efforts to pressure the two intelligence chiefs is the latest in a series of reports suggesting that Trump repeatedly acted to undermine or obstruct ongoing investigations into his campaign and associates.

The president knew full well that Michael Flynn was under investigation, possibly criminal investigation, for sharing information with the Russians. The officials said the White House appeared uncertain about its power to influence the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

He was then asked about the Washington Post report by Sen.

Forty-five percent of those polled said they do not think Trump will end up serving his full term as president; 43 percent said he will; 12 percent weren't sure. And even if there ultimately is shown to be some evidence of collusion, if he's managing, you know, a news story, it's a big stretch to say that's obstruction of justice.

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