US intelligence chiefs decline to discuss Trump contacts

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Comey also detailed a dinner on January 27 during which Trump told him, "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty".

The Washington Post's Adam Entous reported late Tuesday night that Trump in March asked Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to intervene in the Russian Federation investigation by asking then-FBI Director James Comey to back off of the agency's focus on former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Comey is expected to be asked about conversations with President Donald Trump about the interference, as well as the FBI investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Michael Rogers, the National Security Agency director, and national intelligence director Dan Coats largely ducked questions from senators on Wednesday about whether the president had tried to influence investigations into Russia's election meddling and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.

"Oh, and there's James, he's become more famous than me", Trump said, singling out Comey before shaking the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's hand and pulling him in for an embrace and a few whispered words. "I expect loyalty" during an "awkward" conversation at a January dinner at the White House, according to The Associated Press. "I replied, 'You will always get honesty from me.' He paused and then said, 'That's what I want, honest loyalty.' I paused, and then said, 'You will get that from me'".

Comey concurred that Flynn is a "good guy", but declined to reply to Trump's request. Fully half of adults say they do not trust what Trump says "at all" on these issues, compared with one-quarter who say the same of Comey. As the briefing was wrapping up, Trump asked everyone to leave the room except for Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo. I added that I was not on anybody's side politically and could not be counted on in the traditional political sense, a stance I said was in his best interest as the President.

Asked Tuesday about the testimony, President Donald Trump was tight-lipped: "I wish him luck", he told reporters. And the fact that Trump later fired Comey doesn't change this, in my view.

I took the opportunity to implore the Attorney General to prevent any future direct communication between the President and me.

"This White House will continue to be on offense or defense, and that offense includes shaming people or guilting them, or telling them to be responsible, by telling them to cover things like the infrastructure investment", Conway said on Fox News. But from a political and appearance perspective, Trump just suffered another major setback.

According to ABC News, Comey has been "reflecting on events that have happened since his firing", including the president's comments about his alleged incompetence and Trump's reported description of Comey as a "nut job" with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. He has agreed to testify tomorrow before Congress.

Then, on April 11, Comey wrote, the president called him and asked him what he had done about getting out word that he was not personally under investigation.

They decided not to tell the investigative team and the Department of Justice lawyers working with them about the president's request, concerned that it might "infect" the investigation.

"During the phone call, he said it". The contents of the dossier have never been confirmed and are not believed to be the center of the FBI's investigation, but were clearly on Trump's mind in several conversations with Comey, the testimony indicates. I said that was the way his request should be handled.