Trump asked two intel chiefs to deny Russia collusion


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 Post story said a record of Trump's request to Rogers was in a memo from a senior NSA official - and that memo, as well as any that may be from the DNI's office, would be available to former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed last week to head the Justice Department's investigation.

Michael Rogers, refused the alleged requests from the President.

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The president asked Rogers and Coats to push back on the idea that his campaign had colluded with Russian Federation shortly after then-FBI Director James Comey announced in March that the FBI was investigating the matter. Officials said such memos could be made available to both the special counsel now overseeing the Russian Federation investigation and congressional investigators, who might explore whether Trump sought to impede the FBI's work....

The Trump administration is exploring whether it can use an obscure ethics rule to undermine the special counsel investigation into ties between President Donald Trump's campaign team and Russian Federation, two people familiar with White House thinking said on Friday.

"The White House does not confirm or deny unsubstantiated claims based on illegal leaks from anonymous individuals", a White House spokesperson said.

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Last week, USA media reported that Trump had pressed Comey himself in meetings and phone calls to pull back on the investigation.

Trump made the request in March, a month after he reportedly asked former FBI Director James Comey to stop an investigation into then-national security adviser Mike Flynn, according to The New York Times.

During the 2016 United States election, Trump loyalist and long-time advisor Roger Stone claimed to have "a perfectly legal back channel" with WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, and also had public contact over Twitter with Guccifer 2.0, who American intelligence say is the Russian hacker who hacked into Clinton's emails.

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