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Smoking Cannon! Trump Asked National Intelligence Director to Intervene to Stop FBI INvestigation

06 Jun

Going down for the third time!

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Top intelligence official told associates Trump asked him if he could intervene with Comey on FBI Russia probe

The nation’s top intelligence official told associates in March that President Trump asked him if he could intervene with then-FBI Director James B. Comey to get the bureau to back off its focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn in its Russia probe, according to officials.

On March 22, less than a week after being confirmed by the Senate, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats attended a briefing at the White House together with officials from several government agencies. As the briefing was wrapping up, Trump asked everyone to leave the room except for Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

The president then started complaining about the FBI investigation and Comey’s handling of it, said officials familiar with the account Coats gave to associates. Two days earlier, Comey had confirmed in a congressional hearing that the bureau was probing whether Trump’s campaign coordinated with Russia during the 2016 race.

After the encounter, Coats discussed the conversation with other officials and decided that intervening with Comey as Trump had suggested would be inappropriate, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal matters.

The events involving Coats show the president went further than just asking intelligence officials to deny publicly the existence of any evidence showing collusion during the 2016 election, as The Washington Post reported in May. The interaction with Coats indicates that Trump aimed to enlist top officials to have Comey curtail the bureau’s probe.

Coats will testify on Wednesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Lawmakers on the panel said they would press him for information about his interactions with the president regarding the FBI investigation.

The question of whether the president obstructed the Russia investigation is expected to take center stage this week with Comey’s highly anticipated testimony on the Hill on Thursday. Comey associates say that before the director was fired in May, the president had asked him to drop the investigation into Flynn, and Comey refused.

Brian P. Hale, a spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), declined to comment on whether Trump asked Coats to intervene with Comey regarding the Flynn investigation. Hale said in a statement: “Director Coats does not discuss his private conversations with the President. However, he has never felt pressured by the President or anyone else in the Administration to influence any intelligence matters or ongoing investigations.”

A spokesman for Pompeo declined to comment on the closed-door discussions. The White House referred questions to outside lawyers, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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11 responses to “Smoking Cannon! Trump Asked National Intelligence Director to Intervene to Stop FBI INvestigation

  1. CNu

    June 7, 2017 at 11:58 AM

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    • btx3

      June 7, 2017 at 12:35 PM

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  2. CNu

    June 7, 2017 at 12:01 PM

    priceless comedy gold…,

    In a statement to the Post, a spokesperson for Coats said the intelligence director had “never felt pressured by the President or anyone else in the Administration to influence any intelligence matters or ongoing investigations.”
    At Wednesday’s hearing, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers also said in his three-plus years as head of the NSA, he had never been directed to do anything he believed to be “illegal, immoral, or inappropriate” or felt pressured to do anything.The Post had also reported that Trump asked Rogers and Coats to publicly deny that there is any evidence that his campaign had connections to Russia.

    http://time.com/4809068/james-comey-dan-coats-mike-rogers-donald-trump/

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    • btx3

      June 7, 2017 at 12:29 PM

      Actually Coates and Rogers said they would neither “confirm or deny” – which is an interesting dodge.

      Two of the nation’s top intelligence officials said in a hearing Wednesday they would not discuss specifics of private conversations with President Trump, declining to say whether they had been asked to push back against an FBI probe into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-director-rogers-and-intelligence-director-coats-said-they-wont-discuss-specifics-of-private-conversations-with-trump/2017/06/07/e74f7fbe-4b88-11e7-a186-60c031eab644_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_senate-1120a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.ccb1c8d4b4c0

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      • CNu

        June 7, 2017 at 1:53 PM

        *NSA’S ROGERS: I’VE NEVER FELT PRESSURED TO DO ANYTHING ILLEGAL

        *NSA’S ROGERS: I’VE NEVER BEEN DIRECTED TO DO ANYTHING ILLEGAL

        *COATS: I’VE NEVER FELT PRESSURE TO SHAPE ONGOING INVESTIGATION

        Here is the full quote from Coats:

        “In my time of service in interacting with the President of the United States, or anybody in his administration, I have never been pressured, I have never felt pressure to intervene or interfere in any way with shaping intelligence in a political way or in relationship to an ongoing investigation”

        Of course, Director Coats left the door open for further speculation by saying that he would not further discuss “confidential” discussions he had with President Trump in a public setting…which we’re certain will be the key takeaway for the MSM and Auntie Maxine.

        Auntie Maxine: “We’ve received reports”

        Translated: “We read in the Washington Post”

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      • btx3

        June 7, 2017 at 2:05 PM

        Keep repeating that each night as you go to sleep.

        It don’t mean what you think (and hope) it does.

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    • roderick2012

      June 7, 2017 at 2:24 PM

      Coats never said that Trump never asked him to stop Comey’s FBI investigation, did he?

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      • btx3

        June 7, 2017 at 5:28 PM

        Nope. All he actually said was that he wouldn’t divulge any information on any conversation with Trump.

        The “nobody asked me to do anything I considered illegal” was a cover.

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      • CNu

        June 7, 2017 at 7:43 PM

        lol, old negroes up in their feelings and impersonating bitter bishes…, stay worrying about “what mens say and do”…,

        Never thought I’d see the day, but it explains a WHOLE LOT about the systemic nature of black demographic political FAIL.

        be sure to catch Yvette’s livestream tonight so you can cobble together a vague and nostalgic remembrance of what it used to be like to have BASS in your political voice. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqD2av9L9M-AhXQhQE6JnjQ

        or not,

        prolly better for you cats to just stream lil Pookie’s Cape Up podcast on iTunes and just get up on whatever the WaPo wants you and teh geh “allies” to have coming out your mouths as talking points…,

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  3. CNu

    June 7, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    {YAWN!!!} After today’s lady-finger explosions – guess the 4th Branch is pre-emptively softening the blow that you and the snowflake militia can expect to hear tomorrow.

    http://time.com/4808317/james-comey-fired-president-donald-trump-testimony-russia-senate/

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  4. harfobama

    June 7, 2017 at 11:00 PM

     

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