Former Senator Dan Coats of IN says it would not be appropriate for him to comment on the Washington Post report that President Trump asked him to deny the existence of any evidence of collusion between the administration and Russian Federation.
During an interview with CNN's Dana Bash on Tuesday, McCain compared the allegations to the plot of a "lousy movie".
No confirmation, but no denial either from the Director of National Intelliegence.
But he did note that he considers Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, one of the officials to whom Trump reportedly made the request, to be "a very straightforward individual".
"This threat is real", Coats said the the Senate Committee.
"I don't feel it's appropriate to characterize discussions and conversations with the president", Coats added.
He also offered advice for Trump that outlined two choices he could take in dealing with the fallout over Russian Federation - either face a Watergate-style investigation or follow the example set by former President Ronald Reagan during the Iran-Contra affair, a scandal that rocked his presidency and for which he expressed regret, while not admitting knowledge of the plan. He also offered some advice to Trump, outlining two "templates" that the investigation could follow: Watergate or the probe into Iran-Contra, a scandal for which President Ronald Reagan expressed contrition.
"Leaks have become a very significant, played a very significant, negative role relative to our national security", Coats said. "We don't expect ideal people, and we're a very forgiving nation".