Report: US intelligence chiefs say they did not feel pressured by Trump

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June 22, 2017 17:23
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WASHINGTON - Two top US intelligence officials have told investigators President Donald Trump suggested they publicly deny any collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia, but they did not feel he had ordered them to do so, CNN reported on Thursday, citing multiple sources.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Admiral Mike Rogers met separately last week with investigators with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the Senate intelligence committee, according to CNN.

The two senior officials said they were surprised at Trump's suggestion and found their interactions with him odd and uncomfortable, but they did not act on the presidents' requests, CNN reported, citing sources familiar with their accounts.

Representatives for the White House have previously directed any queries about the Russia investigation to Trump's lawyer, Marc Kasowitz. A spokesman for Kasowitz did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

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