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Trump asked DNI, NSA to deny evidence of Russia collusion

Trump asked DNI, NSA to deny evidence of Russia collusion

Trump eventually fired Comey on May 9, but a memo eventually leaked documenting a conversation in which Comey alleged the president asked him to end an investigation into his first national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

The Post reported that Trump asked Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers to publicly deny there was any such nefarious ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

Though many had yet to read Monday evening's potentially explosive Washington Post story, some Democrats suggested it adds to what they see as mounting evidence that the president tried to influence an ongoing federal investigation.

An internal memo written by a senior NSA official documented Trump's request to Rogers, according to the Post. 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 President will continue to focus on his agenda that he was elected to pursue by the American people".

The report also states that senior White House officials spoke with other intelligence officials, asking if there was a way for them to intervene or "shut down" Comey's investigation. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a member of the Intelligence committee.

Trump is also determined to get someone with the authority to do so to go on record and clear his name before the investigation is complete.

Trump's budget proposal is also expected to include large cuts to Medicaid, federal employee pensions, welfare benefits and farm subsidies.




In Sunday show appearances, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers said they will press Comey in hearings as to whether he ever felt that Trump tried to interfere with his Federal Bureau of Investigation work.

The father of former FBI Director James Comey described his son as a "straightforward and honest guy".

In his call with Rogers, Trump urged the NSA director to speak out publicly if there was no evidence of collusion, according to officials briefed on the exchange.

Brien Comey said Saturday his son was sacked because President Donald Trump was "scared to death of him". The source says Comey likely will be limited with what he will be able to say now that the Russian Federation probe is in the hands of Mueller.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, center, arrives for a news conference with President Donald Trump and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Washington.

"(Comey) could have been subservient to Trump, (but I told him) he was not going to do that".