Trump asked NSA director to publicly push back against FBI's Russian Federation investigation

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Trump has maintained that there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian officials, despite the separate investigations being conducted by the House, Senate and FBI.

In response to that effort, intelligence officials-including Comey, director of national intelligence Daniel Coats, and director of the National Security Agency Adm. Michael Rogers-are diligently and loudly ringing alarm bells for all of us to hear.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been cleared by U.S. Department of Justice ethics experts to oversee an investigation into possible collusion between then-candidate Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign and Russian Federation, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

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

President Donald Trump asked two of the US' top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an investigation by the FBI into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, according to current and former officials.

There's the report that broke late last week - which the White House has not denied - of Trump telling the Russian foreign minister and Russian ambassador to the United States, "I just fired the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

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In one of the latest examples of media outlets' guessing about Trump's talks with Lavrov is the claim that former FBI Director James Comey's dismissal had been discussed.

During testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, Coats refused to comment on The Washington Post report. Coats declined to answer McCain's question. There's reportedly "an internal memo written by a senior NSA official" that describes Trump's conversation with Rogers.

"I don't know whether or not such collusion...existed", the former CIA director said, adding that he warned Russia's intelligence chief that election meddling would backfire - to no avail.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing, and ranted against the investigations into his campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation repeatedly through a series of email rants, calling the probe a "witch hunt".

John McCain (R-Ariz.) asked Coats if the reporting was "accurate", to which he responded: "I don't feel it's appropriate to characterize discussions and conversations with the president".

Gianforte, who has tried to align himself with Trump, defended himself as the criminal charge was announced Wednesday, saying the reporter was being aggressive and grabbed him by the wrist in their exchange at his campaign office. For now, the reports detailing Trump's interactions with Comey, Coats, and Rogers are all based on anonymous sources. "I was in Europe and he was in the White House", Coats replied, fidgeting with a pen on the desk before him.

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