Intelligence Chief Refuses to Say if Trump Sought Help Rebuffing FBI Probe

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On March 20, former FBI Director James Comey confirmed under oath to the House Intelligence Committee that there was an ongoing FBI investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian interests.

According to the source, Rogers rebuffed the president's request, deeming it inappropriate.

The anonymous officials said a senior NSA staffer documented Rogers' conversation with the president.

Senior intelligence officials also saw the March requests as a threat to the independence of USA spy agencies, which are supposed to remain insulated from partisan issues.

The poll also found 59 percent of voters believed that Trump indeed asked Comey to put an end to the probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's connections with Russian Federation. "I've been on travel and I have not discussed this issue with the president", Coats replied. "I hope you can let this go".

Trump fired Comey two weeks ago. "I was in Europe and he was in the White House".

Coats also declined to say whether he had discussed Trump's alleged request with Rogers. According to the Post's account, Trump's intention was to "muddy the waters" in regards to the F.B.I. investigation at a time when Democratic lawmakers were intensifying their rhetoric.

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. One official told the Post that the line of questioning from the White House amounted to, "Can we ask him to shut down the investigation?" Jack Reed of Rhode Island, asked Coats hypothetically whether it would be appropriate for a president to ask the director of national intelligence to deny evidence of cooperation.

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The White House had no immediate comment on Kasowitz's hiring.

Aggregating the last eight national polls released between May 13 through May 23, RealClearPolitics found that Trump now has an approval rating of 40 percent while an average 54 percent disapprove of his job performance.

McCain asked whether those leaked reports, based on unnamed sources, are a problem.

In December, Trump's congressional allies falsely claimed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not concur with a Central Intelligence Agency assessment that Russian Federation intervened in the 2016 election to help Trump win the White House.

Instead of rookie reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein this time, however, veteran reporters at the Post have claimed that President Trump called two top intelligence community figures to request that they publicly deny any evidence of collusion between his campaign and the Russian government that may have influenced the outcome of the 2016 election.

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".

Comey was scheduled to testify before Congress on Wednesday, although his appearance has been postponed.

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