Published: Thu, May 25, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump Asked Intel Officials To Back Him On Russia Claims


Then-FBI Director James Comey revealed in February that Trump asked him to shut down the federal investigation into Trump's former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn.

Page says details are still being worked out with the committee, but he expects to testify sometime during the week of June 6.

So the precedents were not promising when Trump fired Comey.

Mr Coats later said that the Russian Federation probes - which are being conducted by a special prosecutor, as well as by committees in the Senate and House of Representatives - "are in place to get us to the right conclusion so we can move on".

In the Quinnipiac poll that came out Wednesday, a mere 36 percent of voters said Trump fired Comey for the reason he said he did - that he was doing a bad job - with most saying it was because of Russian Federation investigation instead.

After Comey's abrupt removal and the disclosure of the former director's memos sparked questions about possible obstruction of justice, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed a special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, to oversee the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.

Importantly, just 36 percent of respondents said they think the president his honest, compared to the almost six in 10 who said he's not telling the truth.

Current and former senior intelligence officials viewed Trump's requests as an attempt by the president to tarnish the credibility of the agency leading the Russian Federation investigation.

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A few weeks before the election, Trump attacked the FBI for "covering up to protect her", but little more than a week after that, when Comey reopened his investigation based on newly found emails, Trump told a campaign rally that he had "great respect for the FBI for righting a wrong".

The Senate intelligence committee also has issued subpoenas to Flynn to get him to cooperate.

The White House did not dispute the account portrayed, and instead said that the FBI investigation had put unnecessary pressure on the President's ability to conduct diplomacy with Russian Federation.

Congress has already had trouble getting some documents for its ongoing investigations.

Coats served as a U.S. Senator from IN from 1989-1999, then from 2011-2017, before he was nominated and confirmed as national intelligence director IN March.

Now President Trump faces an unprecedented test in the form of a special counsel investigation. "We anticipate that some of these documents may be classified, some may not, and others may contain both classified and unclassified information".

The mandate he received from the Justice Department extends beyond any specific Trump-Russia connection to cover "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation".

Meanwhile, Coats dodged when he was asked about a report that claimed Donald Trump asked both he and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers to publicly state that he was not under investigation for colluding with the Russian government. The intelligence panel also is seeking Comey's memos.

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