US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Tuesday sidestepped questions about an explosive report which said President Donald Trump pressured him to help push back against the probe into Russian ties with his campaign.
The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump asked Coats and the head of the National Security Agency, Michael Rogers (pictured) to publicly deny that there had been collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign. Both Coats and Rogers refused to accede to Trump's request on the grounds that it was inappropriate and that the statements he was asking them to make were false.
Asked whether the Post report was accurate, Coats declined to comment, citing his role as a key briefer of the president on national security issues.
Trump's conversation with Adm. Michael Rogers, the NSA director, was documented in an internal memo written by a senior NSA official, according to the Post. This incident sparked one of the biggest scandals in American history, one that brought down the presidency of Richard Nixon and sent over 40 people to jail.
The shocking testimony to the Senate Watergate Committee in July 1973 by White House aide Alexander Butterfield that Nixon's office had a secret automatic taping system capturing his detailed discussions with principal aides Bob Haldeman and John Ehrlichman blew the case wide open.
President Trump who is now on a trip overseas has maintained his statement that there was no collusion.
The White House had no immediate comment on Kasowitz's hiring.
And, like Walters before them, Coats and Rogers didn't comply. Trump is going to Nixonian lengths to stop an investigation of alleged collusion, though no evidence of collusion has been publicly produced.
Fifty-five percent of those polled by Quinnipiac University say Comey was removed "to disrupt the FBI investigation into potential coordination", a reasoning that Trump has denied. No longer does talk about consideration of impeachment seem premature. But since we're all now residing in bizarro America, it's just another news story about presidential abuse of power and obstructing justice. one that will hold us over until the next story about presidential abuse of power and obstructing justice.
Second, despite the steady revelations over the last two weeks, there may not ultimately be a "smoking gun", a single piece of evidence that definitively establishes Trump's intent.
Trump and his allies in Congress have similarly sought to deflect scrutiny over Russian Federation by attempting to pit USA intelligence agencies against one another.
News reports, however, had not said the president mentioned Israel in connection with the intelligence, only that the specificity of his remarks to Lavrov would in all likelihood have allowed the Russians to determine the source. But that does not mean he has full visibility into the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe. But Comey had already announced his investigation's results.