Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Not started assessment on any Trump intel disclosure to Russia -Coats

Not started assessment on any Trump intel disclosure to Russia -Coats

Coats' testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee came one day after the Washington Post reported that Trump had appealed to Coats and National Security Agency (NSA) director Michael Rogers independently asking them to "publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election". Sen.Coates and Rogers both deemed the requests to be inappropriate, and both refused to comply.

The president made the request after then-FBI director James Comey revealed that the agency had been investigating Russian interference into the election since July 2016.

President Trump can not expect Americans to believe that Mr. Comey's mishandling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, the reason given, was behind this action. And while Trump's attempts to get credible people to publicly vouch for him certainly adds to the case for obstruction, it's a secondary data point, and one that follows reporting from February about the White House asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation to "knock down" reports of possible wrongdoing by members of the Trump team. It's unclear if Coats wrote a similar memo, but NBC News reports that the two officials "also exchanged notes about their conversations with the president".

"The President will continue to focus on his agenda that he was elected to pursue by the American people", the spokesperson said.

If true, Trump's request suggests that at the very least, he does not understand how the intelligence community works.

"Otherwise, a person involved in an investigation could hire one of Washington's largest law firms (WilmerHale has hundreds of attorneys) and thereby prevent the Justice Department, including the special counsel's office, from hiring any of that firm's lawyers to investigate or prosecute him or any of his co-conspirators", they argued. He says the White House should turn over records about that meeting.

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What subordinates said at the time, how they behaved, and what instructions they received from above will also help establish whether Trump committed obstruction of justice.

Mr Coats refused to comment on the report yesterday at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, saying: "I don't feel it's appropriate to characterise discussions with the President". Had he not done so, the Watergate investigations would have continued even though Nixon had resigned as president.

Coats indicated, however, he would cooperate with the Russian Federation probe now being led by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

White House officials said Comey's testimony about the scope of the FBI investigation upset Trump, who dismissed the investigations as a "witch hunt".

As political tensions mount in the United States over allegations of Russian ties to the Donald Trump administration, investors are flocking to gold in order to hedge against a potential economic fallout, raising gold prices.

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