Intelligence chief won't disclose private conversations with Trump

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 24, 2017

Several congressional panels are also investigating Russian meddling in the election, including hacking into the computer of Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign chief, John Podesta, and the subsequent release of thousands of his emails by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks that showed embarrassing behind-the-scenes efforts by Democratic operatives to help Clinton win the party's presidential nomination.

Multiple officials told The Washington Post that Coats and Rogers thought Trump's request was inappropriate.

President Donald Trump wanted to make something very clear during his visit to Israel on Monday: In that infamous conversation with Russian diplomats a couple weeks ago - the one in which he shared classified intelligence - he totally didn't say that the source of the information was Israel.

Asked by Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) if Trump's reported sharing of highly classified intelligence with the Russian ambassador and foreign minister in the Oval Office was "damaging", Coats said he was not present for the discussion.

After Trump's dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey, new information has come out claiming that Trump allegedly asked Comey to relent on the investigation into Michael Flynn's connection to Russian Federation. "He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go".

At a White House meeting on February 14, according to the New York Times, Trump asked Comey to ease off part of the Russian Federation probe. According to the Post's account, Trump's intention was to "muddy the waters" in regards to the F.B.I. investigation at a time when Democratic lawmakers were intensifying their rhetoric.

As he testified before the House Intelligence Committee, Brennan said he was "aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and US persons involved in the Trump campaign".

Coats and Rogers were sufficiently concerned about the requests that one of them wrote a memo about it, the former official told NBC News. "I don't think [Trump] ever asked somebody to say something that they didn't believe was true", the former official said.

The White House pushed back on the reports in a statement. The firing comes just days after Sally Yates, who was acting USA attorney general until she, too, was sacked by President Trump, told a congressional committee that she had clearly warned the White House that retired Gen. Michael Flynn's contacts with high Russian officials left him vulnerable to being "compromised" by Russia.

The last part of that defense is not unfounded.

The sorry pattern continues - anonymous sources feed fake news to collaborative mainstream media to try to bring down the Trump administration.

"I have worked in a White House that's under investigation".

The revelations, first reported by The Washington Post, deepen the intrigue over alleged links between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation as they follow the President's firing of Comey and his subsequent statement he did so because of the Russian Federation probe.

The NSA and Brian Hale, a spokesman for Coats, declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation.

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