Published: Ср, Мая 24, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Trump Asked Intel Heads to Counter FBI Investigation

Trump Asked Intel Heads to Counter FBI Investigation

According to those same reports, Trump made the same request of Federal Bureau of Investigation officials.

Written contemporaneous notes of the request by Rogers' office might be turned over to special counsel Robert Mueller, appointed recently to head the FBI's Russian Federation probe. "We want to know, you know, what did the president say to him?"

According to the source, Rogers rebuffed the president's request, deeming it inappropriate. Pointing to some special counsel probes in the past, they anxious aloud that Mueller will expand the scope of his investigation.

The former official said Rogers saw the request as a threat to the NSA, which generally doesn't wade into public debates.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a member of the intelligence committee, said she also plans to press Comey regarding what was discussed with Trump about Flynn and whether he was asked by Trump to alter the FBI investigation.

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". "The president will continue to focus on his agenda that he was elected to pursue by the American people".

A source told CNN that Mueller had been briefed on memos Comey had written about his interactions with Trump, including his recollection of Trump asking for the FBI to end its investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The White House, however, described the story as "unsubstantiated" and stemming from "illegal leaks". "I hope you can let this go", Trump reportedly told Comey, the day after Flynn had resigned. Comey had kept him completely in the dark. Trump disputes those accounts.

Former FBI Director James Comey had lower job approval ratings than that of President Donald Trump in the latest Harvard-Harris Poll, the Hill reported Monday. This administration's corruption, abuse of power, and disrespect for the rule of law have already created serious grounds for concern.

Trump made his appeal to Coats days after Comey's testimony, according to officials.

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The breaking news tonight from The Washington Post that Donald Trump sought to quash the Russian Federation investigation has now been confirmed by CNN, adding fuel to the fire on another night of explosive developments in this story. Rather, they believed it was more of a public relations request, according to the former official.

"That would be criminal, and a major data point for the ongoing FBI and congressional investigations", he added.

He added: "If any president tries to impede an investigation - any president, no matter who it is, by interfering with the FBI - yes that would be problematic".

The revelations deepen the intrigue over alleged links between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation, and follow the President's firing of Comey and subsequent statement he sacked him because of the Russian Federation probe.

CNN has not yet confirmed the Post's reporting.

Request: Trump asked the two top intelligence officials in March to push back on claims his campaign colluded with Russian authorities.

In a tweet, Mr Trump said he had the "absolute right" to share facts pertaining to terrorism.

Trump and his allies in Congress have similarly sought to deflect scrutiny over Russian Federation by attempting to pit US intelligence agencies against one another.

Brennan says such classified information typically shared through intelligence channels, not visiting diplomats. Trump later said he considered the Russian Federation investigation while weighing Comey's future at the Justice Department.

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