Trump-Russia: U.S. Intelligence Chiefs Say President Told Them to Deny Campaign Collusion
The following is an excerpt from NG. Lanktree | June 22, 2017 | Yahoo.com |
President Donald Trump asked two top American intelligence official to say there was no collusion between his election campaign and Russia, the officials told special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation team last week.
Multiple sources familiar with the investigation told CNN that Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Admiral Mike Rogers told the investigative team what the president asked of them. But both said that they did not construe it as an order.
During testimony to the Senate intelligence committee on June 7, Coats and Rogers didn’t answer many specific questions, but both said they weren’t under pressure to publicly intervene in the inquiry.
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On March 20, former FBI Director James Comey testified that Trump’s 2016 election campaign officials and associates were under investigation. They were being inspected, he said, as part of a wider probe looking at how Russia interfered in the election through hacking political parties, voting infrastructure and a massive misinformation campaign.
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