National Intelligence Director Dan Coats declined Tuesday to respond to a report that President Donald Trump asked him to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion between Trump's 2016 campaign and the Russian government.
Meanwhile, former CIA director John Brennan also told the committee on Tuesday that he "encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and USA persons involved in the Trump campaign".
The previous month, according to a Comey memo described by The New York Times, Trump interceded with the FBI director on behalf of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, one of the associates whose ties to Russian Federation are of interest to the bureau.
Mueller's former law firm, WilmerHale, represents President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who met with a Russian bank executive in December, and the president's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who is a subject of a federal investigation. One official told the Post that the line of questioning from the White House amounted to, "Can we ask him to shut down the investigation?"
The president asked Rogers and Coats to push back on the idea that his campaign had colluded with Russian Federation shortly after then-FBI Director James Comey announced in March that the FBI was investigating the matter.
News media have reported that Trump provided Russian officials with highly classified intelligence that Israel had gathered on activities by Islamic State militants.
"I made clear in my confirmation hearing for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, my role and the role of the director of national intelligence is to provide intelligence information relevant to policy makers so they can base their judgments on that", Coats, a former Republican senator, said. Trump says Comey was sacked because he no longer had confidence in him to lead the agency, a claim that only 36% of Americans say they believe. Last week his friends reported that Trump had invited the FBI director to dinner in January, demanding his loyalty and a reassurance that he, the president, was not a subject of the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the USA election. The FBI probe, Comey confirmed during congressional testimony in March, encompasses possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. "But the fact that Trump is acting in such a wild and nearly illegal way means that there is something he very much does not want people to know about - which he wants to hide very badly" former President Ronald Raegan's son Ron Reagan said on MSNBC.
Gianforte pointed out a reporter covering the meeting and said, "It seems like there is more of us than there is of him", according to the Helena Independent Record newspaper.
Several congressional panels are also investigating Russian meddling in the election, including hacking into the computer of Clinton's campaign chief, John Podesta, and the subsequent release of thousands of his emails by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks that showed embarrassing behind-the-scenes efforts by Democratic operatives to help Clinton win the party's presidential nomination.
"It isn't going to be good enough to just offer two sentences and say: 'Hey, there's a special counsel".
"That creates this freakish dynamic in and across Congress where everyone's trying to be the lead investigation", he said.
Chaffetz said he also asked Comey this week about the memos, but Comey declined to say whether they were in his personal possession or still at the Justice Department.
Page says details are still being worked out with the committee, but he expects to testify sometime during the week of June 6.
CNN first reported the omission.