Friday, 16 November, 2018

Trump Asked Intel Heads To Push Back On FBI Russia Probe

Ellis Copeland | 24 May, 2017, 06:57

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.

According to the report, Trump made the requests separately to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers, asking them to keep quiet in public about the nature of the Kremlin's relationship with the Trump team.

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.

Trump asked Coats in March to say publicly that he saw no evidence the Trump campaign had colluded with the Russian effort to interfere in the 2016 election, a former senior intelligence official told NBC News.

The Washington Post reported Monday, and other news outlets later confirmed, that Trump had asked Coats and Rogers in March to push back publicly against an FBI investigation into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation. Comey memorialized that conversation, and others he had with the president, in memos he wrote afterward, two sources close to the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director confirmed to NPR.

Let us hope he does.

But Brennan told the House intelligence committee on Tuesday that President Donald Trump would have violated protocol if he shared such information with Russian officials in the Oval Office spontaneously.

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Saying he was exhausted of news leaks detailing his private conversations with several leaders worldwide, Trump asked Comey to aggressively pursue the leakers.

Mueller also visited FBI headquarters and discussed with the counter intelligence agents, who have been involved in the investigation of Russia's meddling in the USA elections since last July.

"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. It's possible that the two intelligence chiefs have not been fully briefed on the FBI's probe, and Rogers reportedly explained to the president that he can't publicly comment on an ongoing investigation, or classified matter.

"I don't think (Trump) ever asked somebody to say something that they didn't believe was true", the former official said. The White House reiterated the same rhetoric Monday. Only half of the House needs to feel as though an impeachment hearing is necessary, and it will be very hard for anyone to side with Trump in this decision once Coats and Rogers formally come forward, especially if they can provide solid evidence.

The White House pushed back on the reports in a statement.

But it wasn't just Trump himself-officials around Trump were equally as invested. The account was first reported in The Washington Post.

Coats served as a U.S. Senator from IN from 1989-1999, then from 2011-2017, before he was nominated and confirmed as national intelligence director IN March.

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