Donald Trump asked intelligence bosses to speak out against FBI's Russian Federation probe

Cheryl Sanders
May 24, 2017

Public testimony since the election indicates that FBI investigators, following the evidence and working under the supervision and scrutiny of USA prosecutors and independent judges, crossed that threshold months ago.

"Department ethics experts have reviewed the matters and determined that Mr. Mueller's participation in the matters assigned to him is appropriate", the Justice Department told TPM in an emailed statement on Tuesday.

Schiff's committee is one of several panels investigating collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operations. NBC News confirmed the existence of the memo, citing an N.S.A. official who also said that Coats and Rogers discussed their respective interactions with Trump.

Brennan says such classified information typically shared through intelligence channels, not visiting diplomats. "I as a white woman stand by my brother and say we will not tolerate those kinds of death threats and racial slurs that are being thrown at you".

A group of Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee has voted against confirming a high-ranking Treasury Department official.

When Trump was asked whether he'd tried to disrupt the Russian Federation investigation, he snapped, "No, no, next question".

"Believe me, when you hear about the tough phone calls I'm having, don't worry about it", he said. "But the fact that Trump is acting in such a wild and nearly illegal way means that there is something he very much does not want people to know about - which he wants to hide very badly" former President Ronald Raegan's son Ron Reagan said on MSNBC. "And it raised questions in my mind, again, whether or not the Russians were able to gain the cooperation of those individuals". The President repeatedly said there was no collusion. Trump ousted Flynn in February after just 24 days on the job when it came to light that Flynn had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to Washington in the weeks before Trump took office in late January.

Fired FBI Director James Comey is prepared to be interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in connection with the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, a source close to Comey tells Fox News. According to the reports, Trump also asked the FBI chief to back off his investigation of Trump's first national security adviser, retired Army General Michael Flynn.

Coats told Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, he did not think it was appropriate for his conversations with the President to be disclosed, but said he would share what he knew if he is asked to testify by the House or Senate intelligence committees.

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".

National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers was asked by President Donald Trump to publicly push back against the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion by Trump associates, a source familiar with the matter told ABC News.

The majority of voters (52% across both parties and 56% of independents) surveyed said they did not think it was appropriate for the president to reveal such highly classified information to Russian Federation, possibly also affecting Trump's popularity rating.

Rogers met with Trump in NY shortly after the election, and Trump's advisers at the time held him out as the leading candidate to be the next director of national intelligence.

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