Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump asked 2 intel chiefs to deny Russia collusion

Trump being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20th, 2017. And even with President Donald Trump out of town for his first overseas trip, there's a good chance Washington, D.C., will continue to reel from the latest revelations in the Russian Federation election probe. Can there be any doubt of our president's close ties to Russian Federation?

White House insiders are dusting out their resumes, bracing for more collateral damage as the Mueller probe picks up pace. And the news about the investigations can hardly be contained within a single 24-hour news cycle.

The take-away here is that Trump needs to work on his denials.

Why this is not what Trump wants to hear: From Trump's perspective, acknowledging that Russian Federation tried to help his campaign threatens to call into question the legitimacy of that victory.

"I'm nearly speechless", Sen. John McCain said that "It has reached Watergate size and scale."He's right".

In February, Trump asked several senior congressmen and intelligence officials to contact journalists and tell them there was no evidence to support the allegations of campaign links to Russian Federation.

So far, the USA government and intelligence agencies have not produced any evidence that the Trump campaign did indeed collude with Russian officials.

The cascade of news began May 9, when Trump fired Comey, at first citing his conduct during the investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server.

That, say intelligence officials, kicked off a series of attempts by Trump to have Coats and Rogers step forward to publicly undercut the investigation. Remember, it is not only Trump and those in his campaign who have jeopardized national secrets. Trump made the request after FBI Director James Comey announced the existence of the FBI's investigation at a March hearing before the House Intelligence Committee. Chief of Staff Reince Priebus reportedly contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to request officials publicly dispute reports of communications between White House or campaign officials and Russian intelligence. The requests from Trump were first reported by The Washington Post. He is a good guy. And I was anxious by a number of contacts that the Russians had with U.S. persons.

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These and related allegations strike at the heart of the democratic process and the rule of law, and therefore implicate core concerns of the ACLU - and the nation. The country is being tested in unprecedented ways.

"I think Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein responded to the extent he thought appropriate within the context of the investigations that are ongoing", he said.

Later on May 16, reports of a memo that Comey reportedly wrote shortly after a January 22 meeting with Trump surfaced.

Former FBI Director James Comey will convene with at least one top lawmaker this week and the memos he is said to have written about his meetings with the president could be shared with investigators in the House of Representatives.

Every day the case for obstruction of justice builds.

The Democrats who talk about impeaching Trump ignore that and the numbers.

Mueller didn't represent Trump, Kushner, or Manafort.

Richard Nixon was pardoned by President Ford.

President Trump has predicted the investigations won't find collusion, but his efforts to cast doubt and curb the probes have led to the appointment of a special counsel at the Justice Department. "I have not discussed this with the president". No one in a position of authority at the White House tells you what is happening. It is even more disorienting than it appears.

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