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

Trump asked 2 USA intel chiefs to deny Russian Federation collusion

Trump asked 2 USA intel chiefs to deny Russian Federation collusion

Both Coats and Rogers denied the president's request and they are now coming forward with these very serious allegations.

Rogers is set to testify in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee later today.

The numbers come as the White House struggles to deal with the controversy surrounding the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, who was investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

Both Coats and Rogers declined his requests finding them "inappropriate", said two current and two former officials on condition of anonymity.

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. Both Coats and Rogers declined to comment publicly on the recent reports when they appeared before Congress on Tuesday, for matters unrelated to the Russian Federation probe. "I have made my position clear on that to this administration and I intend to maintain that position".

The department appointed Mueller special counsel last week to ensure an independent probe, but an ethics rule limiting government attorneys from investigating people their former law firm represented raised questions over how Mueller would be allowed to operate. Under questioning by Sen.

Coats did not deny the report but said he didn't want to characterize or comment any private conversations with the president.

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Martin HeinrichMartin HeinrichIntel chief has not talked with Trump about reported disclosure of classified info Dem senator: "One of our closest allies" expressed concern about intelligence sharing Dems seek damage assessment after Trump's meeting with Russians MORE (D-N.M.) on whether it was risky for Trump to share the information, Coats said he wasn't in the room and so doesn't know what was said. Similarly, he said, the Trump administration has not directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to withhold information from members of Congress conducting oversight.

Officials said such memos could be made available to both the special counsel now overseeing the Russian Federation investigation and Congressional investigators, who might explore whether Trump sought to impede the FBI's work, the Post reported.

"Lives are at stakes in many instances, and leaks jeopardize those lives", Coats replied. Coats said he "wasn't in the room and I don't know what the president shared." Sen.

Lawyers Richard Painter and Norman Eisen, who advised then-Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama on ethics issues, respectively, wrote in a Washington Post op-ed last week that preventing Mueller's appointment based on his prior law firm's clients wouldn't hold up.

"I might mention that ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack in Manchester", Coats said. "I have not discussed this with the president". The officials said the White House appeared uncertain about its power to influence the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 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. "Weeks in", Coats protested.

The firm also represents Ivanka Trump, who required representation as she sorted through stepping away from her beauty and fashion line to take a job as an unpaid advisor to her father in the White House.

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