Trump's Intel Chief Mum on Pressure to Rebut Russia Evidence

The following week, Comey associates revealed that the then-FBI Director had written a memo detailing a February 14 conversation with the president in which Trump asked him to close down the bureau's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

He added that he is not sure whether "collusion existed" between the campaign and Moscow, but the interactions were enough that he believed the matter warranted an FBI investigation.

The White House offered no comment on the reported calls Trump made to Coats and Rogers.

In recent days, news outlets have reported that Trump made separate appeals to Coats and to National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers, urging them to rebut allegations that Russian Federation colluded with Trump campaign aides to help the real estate magnate win the White House.

He resigned as White House national security adviser after just 23 days on the job over revelations that he had discussed lifting sanctions on Moscow with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak, before president Trump was sworn in.

Coats later said that he does not dispute the validity of ongoing Russian Federation investigations, saying the probes "are in place to get us to the right conclusion with a known result", so the country can move on to other issues. "It's not appropriate for me to comment publicly on any of that". Brennan said he contacted the Russian intelligence service last August to warn them against meddling in the US election, an allegation they denied.

Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats declined Tuesday to confirm or deny a report that President Donald Trump pressured the him and Adm. Mike Rogers, the dual hatted head of the National Security Administration and U.S. Cyber Command, to publicly deny that there was collusion between his campaign and the Russian government. "And it raised questions in my mind, again, whether or not the Russians were able to gain the cooperation of those individuals".

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The Post reported that Trump's conversation with Rogers was documented in an internal memo written by a senior NSA official.

It is unclear if a similar memo documented Mr Trump's conversation with Mr Coats.

McCain noted that Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDan CoatsMcCain: Trump-Russia allegations like a "lousy movie" The Hill's 12:30 Report Intel chief has not talked with Trump about reported disclosure of classified info MORE, one of the officials Trump reportedly spoke to, is a "very straightforward individual".

"The White House seems to have little respect for the principles of rule of law", said Sen.

Trump fired Comey two weeks ago.

Should special counsel Robert Mueller, who served as FBI director for 12 years, push the Russian Federation investigation to a point that threatens - or angers - Trump, the president has the power to fire him, too.

"The President will continue to focus on his agenda that he was elected to pursue by the American people", the spokesperson said.

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