Comey's a political 'showboat': Pro-Trump group

A new Washington Post report reveals that President Donald Trump asked the newly-confirmed Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats to intervene to "curtail" the FBI's Russian Federation probe during a March meeting in the Oval Office.

Former FBI director James Comey is set to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.

One of the country's top intelligence leaders, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, said that President Trump asked him to intervene with James Comey and his investigation into his disgraced adviser, according to a report.

The Post story shows Trump tried multiple times to make the investigation go away by going to the "principal conductors" of those probes, former Post reporter Carl Bernstein told CNN.

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.


He will dispute the president's claims that he assured him on three occasions that he was not under investigation, according to the report. Trump joked during the gathering that his aide "has become much more famous than me".

Comey told associates he plans to testify that despite the unusual request from the president he believed strongly that if he did his job properly he could conduct the investigation in an honest way.

The White House has repeatedly denied that Trump tried to press Comey to end the investigation into Flynn or otherwise impeded the Russian Federation investigation.

Trump has repeatedly denied any coordination took place between his campaign and the Russian government, which, according to USA intelligence agencies, stole emails embarrassing to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and leaked them to undermine her campaign.

Comey has retained a lawyer, the source said, but added that the arrangement was just a precaution, as Comey did not feel vulnerable to any legal jeopardy related to his testimony. Days after Comey's firing, the Justice Department appointed Mueller to oversee the federal investigation. Hale said in a statement: "Director Coats does not discuss his private conversations with the President".

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