President Trump personally asked two top intelligence officials in March to clear him of any possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, reports the Washington Post, citing current and former officials.
“Trump made separate appeals to the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, and to Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, urging them to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election,” says the Post.
Trump asked Coats and Rogers, according to the Post, after FBI Director James B. Comey confirmed during the House Intelligence Committee in March that the FBI was investigating “the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”
Coats and Rogers did not comply with the president’s “inappropriate” requests. Officials said any memos recording these requests could be made available to both congressional investigators and to the special counsel now overseeing the Russia investigation.