Donald Trump asked intelligence bosses to speak out against FBI's Russian Federation probe

Citing current and former intelligence officials, the Post said both Mr Rogers and Mr Coats, who were appointed by Trump, did not comply with his request.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been cleared by U.S. Department of Justice ethics experts to oversee an investigation into possible collusion between then-candidate Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign and Russian Federation, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

James Comey is going to meet with Bob Mueller, who was appointed last week as a special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation, to determine what he can and can and cannot say in that public testimony according to reports.

Add to that Comey's father who says his son got fired because President Donald Trump was "scared to death of him".

Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the top Democrat on the panel, asked Coats hypothetically whether it would be appropriate if a president reached out to a director of national intelligence to make a request to deny evidence of cooperation. No one in a position of authority at the White House tells you what is happening.

Coats was before the Senate Armed Services Committee today to warn that ISIS is turning away from the battlefield to focus on the inspiration of local attacks like the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. It's a pretty good analogy, and one that seems to support the Post's decision to put Trump's clumsy PR maneuvers in the first paragraph of its story.

NY [U.S.A.], May 23: Robert Mueller, the former FBI director now overseeing the Department of Justice's investigation into the Trump team's connections with Russian Federation in the 2016 elections has been briefed on the contents of the memos related to former FBI Director James Comey's conversations with President Donald Trump. "But the fact that Trump is acting in such a wild and nearly illegal way means that there is something he very much does not want people to know about - which he wants to hide very badly" former President Ronald Raegan's son Ron Reagan said on MSNBC.

Rogers was taken aback but tried to respectfully explain why he could not do so, the officials said.

Coats declined to answer McCain's question. Coats was sworn in just days before the president made his request.

Meanwhile, former CIA director John Brennan also told the committee on Tuesday that he "encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and US persons involved in the Trump campaign".

Rewind 43 years to June 23, 1972, and a White House meeting between Richard Nixon and Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman.

Trump and his allies in Congress have similarly sought to deflect scrutiny over Russian Federation by attempting to pit USA intelligence agencies against one another. But the White House may not be able to hide behind "anonymous individuals" for long. Comey and then-CIA Director John Brennan later said that the bureau and the agency were in full agreement on Moscow's intentions.

Heinrich then asked Coats to confirm what specific processes are put in place for intelligence community members to disperse classified data with foreign governments. Coats's predecessor in the job, James Clapper, recently acknowledged that Comey did not brief him on the scope of the Russian Federation investigation.

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