Trump asked top intel officials to DENY Russian collusion

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Democrats and Republicans are now teaming up for it, as even Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida is flaunting the idea of removing him from office. It's the one between people who are deeply captivated by politics and those more engaged with other priorities and "real" lives. "Are you able to assist in this matter?"

"The congressional committees. have a mission of uncovering the truth, making the American people aware of it, producing reports and recommendations as to how to avoid this kind of interference by Russian Federation and others in the future", said Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat and former U.S. attorney. Certainly, it's very important for me, for my children and grandchildren to make sure that never again will a foreign country try to influence and interfere in the foundation stone of this country, which is electing our democratic leaders. They seem like the actions of a man who is only beginning to figure out how a president is supposed to behave.

What the officer didn't know was that USA spies were listening. It transforms the story from an isolated incident, and turns it into a concerted effort to impede or nullify an investigation by the FBI.

"Trump made separate appeals to the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, and to Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, urging them to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election", the Washington Post reports.

Subsequently, reports emerged that Trump in several conversations with Comey had asked for his personal loyalty, which Comey declined to offer.

Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee must now meet to vote and decide whether to hold Flynn in contempt or accept his attempt to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Trump fired Comey earlier this month.

Robert Mueller, who was appointed last week as a special prosecutor, must investigate whether President Trump engaged in the crime of obstruction of justice, as well as whether crimes were committed by officials of the Trump campaign and the Trump administration.

Mr Wittes said he was motivated to speak out when reports surfaced that Mr Trump had asked Mr Comey to drop the investigation into his former national security adviser, Mike Flynn. That should be the inherent role of a democracy.

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"I do believe that the information and discussions that I've had with the president are something that should not be disclosed", Coats replied.

Regardless of party, Rogers said, as he looked across the dais where plenty of Republicans were seated.

And then, of course, he chose to confess to his motive for firing Comey on national TV.

White House officials say Comey's testimony about the scope of the FBI investigation upset Trump, who has dismissed the FBI and congressional investigations as a "witch hunt".

"I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".

"I can't think of a major witness that we would want to hear from, you would want to hear from, that Mueller doesn't want to hear from".

"We discuss a number of topics on a very regular basis".

Schiff noted that even if his committee does not uncover any behind-the-scenes collusion, it is worth examining the troubling aspects of Trump's relationship with Russia that have happened out in the open-from the unauthorized sharing of highly classified Israeli intelligence with Russia's ambassador and foreign minister to exchanges of praise with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the 2016 campaign.

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