Trump asked NSA director to knock down FBI's Russian Federation investigation

Xavier Trudeau
Июня 2, 2017

In the newest report suggesting the White House sought to tamp down the Russian Federation probe, the Post said Trump urged National Security Agency chief Michael Rogers and to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to publicly deny any evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation during last year's presidential election.

Mr Coats refused to comment on the report yesterday at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, saying: "I don't feel it's appropriate to characterise discussions with the President".

"It should be clear to everyone that Russian Federation brazenly interfered in our 2016 presidential election process and that they undertook these activities despite our strong protests, and explicit warning that they not do so", he said.

According to the poll, 56 percent of voters say that Trump's reported sharing of classified intelligence with Russian officials is "inappropriate".

But amid controversy over Trump's alleged spilling of USA intelligence information to Russia's foreign minister, Coats also strongly condemned leaks of U.S. secrets as having a damaging impact on national security.

McCain pushed again, asking him if thought leaks, like the one Trump may have committed on May 10, were risky and Coats conceded that they would be. "I have made my position clear on that to this administration and I intend to maintain that position".

Voters are deciding in the special election whether Republican Greg Gianforte or Democrat Rob Quist will fill the U.S. House seat left vacant when Ryan Zinke resigned to join President Donald Trump's Cabinet as secretary of the Interior Department. Witnesses said he grabbed Ben Jacobs, a reporter for the Guardian newspaper, and slammed him to the ground after being asked about the Republican health care bill.

Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., then asked whether it was risky for the president to share that classified information with the Russians. "I should not have responded the way I did and for that I am sorry".

"It's not appropriate for me to comment publicly on any of that".

"You haven't discussed it?" he asked.

"We have not initiated an assessment", Coats stated when asked if the intelligence community had begun to assess the nature and impact of the information revealed by the president. "I was in Europe and he was in the White House", Coats replied, fidgeting with a pen on the desk before him.

"We work through a process that I can not specifically describe here today".

"Did President Trump go through any of those processes prior to the May 10 meeting?"

"If you have somebody sticking a phone in your face, a mic in your face, over and over, and you don't know how to deal with the situation, you haven't really done that, you haven't dealt with that, I can see where it can. make you a little angry", he said.

Both Coats and Rogers are scheduled to appear before Congress this week, but not before either the House or Senate intelligence committees, which have separate investigations into Russian meddling in the election.

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