Most say Trump is interfering with Russian Federation investigations

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McCabe was testifying in place of former FBI Director James Comey, who was sacked by President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

Yet Trump days later told NBC in an interview that the Russian Federation investigation was indeed on his mind when he made the decision to fire Comey.

Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats told associates in March that President Donald Trump asked him to get FBI Director Jim Comey to lay off his probe of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, The Washington Post reported.

Two legal experts said Comey would seek to avoid compromising a new inquiry led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller or separate congressional investigations.

After stories described Comey's memos of his conversations with Trump, the president said on Twitter that the ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director had better hope that no secret "tapes" existed of their discussions, an implied threat that added echoes of Watergate to the drama.

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Trump told Comey on February 14, the day after Trump fired Flynn, that "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go", referring to the FBI's Flynn investigation, according to an associate of Comey who has read the memo the FBI director wrote after the meeting. Two days earlier, Comey had confirmed in a congressional hearing that the bureau was probing whether Trump's campaign coordinated with Russian Federation during the 2016 race.

The events involving Coats show the president went further than just asking intelligence officials to deny publicly the existence of any evidence showing collusion during the 2016 election, as The Washington Post reported in May.

This is not the response many expected from President Donald Trump.

Coats is set to testify to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, one day before Comey talks to the same panel.

Other senators also signaled they'd use the hearing as an opportunity to push for more information about the Comey firing - and the Russian Federation investigation - even though the hearing is supposed to focus on FISA. Just 21 percent report a great deal or good amount of trust in what the president says about it.

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The two refused to comply with the request, which they regarded as inappropriate, the Post report said. But all four of the officials testifying Wednesday still work for Trump, sparking some concern behind the scenes that Trump may try to curb their testimony.

Trump, a ratings-obsessed former reality television star, may not appreciate the worldwide attention paid to Comey's public testimony, which is being touted as the Super Bowl of high political drama.

FBI Director James Comey testifies in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee during an oversight hearing on the FBI on Capitol Hill May 3, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Some officials said they viewed the prospective appointment of Feinberg as an effort by the White House to put pressure on intelligence agencies to close ranks with the White House.

The chairman off the Senate intelligence committee, GOP. "We have a quiet week in terms of economic data and there's a general global unease at the moment", said Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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Still, Trump supporters say they are willing to step in to help the White House deflect any accusations from Comey.

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