Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

President 'leant on officials to deny any Russian links'


The website released material hacked from email accounts of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign officials during last year's presidential campaign.

"I'll let the lawyers be the judge of ramifications of that, but what we need to do is we've got to confirm whether that is true", he said. I don't know where they reside. 'Any political shaping of that intelligence would not be appropriate, ' he said.

Critics of Trump have called these requests by the president, along with his dismissal of Comey, as attempts to force agencies reporting to him to shut down the Russian Federation probe that has caused his young presidency crippling and continuing damage. He paused for several seconds after Sen.

"We're looking for potential financial transactions that may have involved money laundering or may have involved some of the affiliates of Mr. Trump", Warner said. The full committee voted 16-7 to move Trump's pick to the full Senate. He also described the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling and collusion as a "witch hunt" on Twitter. The report said Moscow eventually developed a preference for Trump. "What do those memos say and why did you write them and what was your feeling?' The American public deserves to know the answers to that". The president has repeatedly said there was no collusion.

Intelligence officials have expressed that complying with the Trump Administration's request would have had a major, negative impact on the credibility for their agencies.

Trump, according to his own retelling, asked Comey three times - twice on the phone and once in person - whether he was under investigation in the Russian Federation case.

"There have been so many lies, so many contradictions", Cummings said, adding that he expects parallel investigations from Congress to proceed fully after the Justice Department last week appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to head an investigation into possible Russian coordination with the Trump campaign.

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About 150 of her supporters gathered outside the court, weeping and screaming with outrage as Park's prison bus passed by. Asked whether she had anything to add, Park said in a calm, measured voice, "I will say afterward".

He left his position at the WilmerHale law firm, whose clients include former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner. Mueller did not represent any of them while he was at the firm.

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.

While relations between Trump and Comey were strained by the Russian Federation probe, ties between the president and the other intelligence chiefs, including Rogers, Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, appear to be less contentious, according to officials.

President Donald Trump called two top intelligence community figures to request that they deny in public any evidence of collusion between his campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election, multiple current and former USA officials with knowledge tell CNN.

Representative Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said the Post report is "yet another disturbing allegation that the president was interfering in the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe" and Congress "will need to bring the relevant officials back to testify on these matters, and obtain any memoranda that reflect such conversations".

Trump, on first major trip overseas as President, has sought to shake off the damaging political blowback from the drama, exacerbated by the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller last week.

Brennan's testimony before the House intelligence committee on Tuesday comes one day after Flynn invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination in response to a subpoena from the Senate intelligence committee. That includes "telling Comey to back off on the Flynn investigation, firing him when he wouldn't, and then admitting on national television that he dismissed Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation".

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