Okay, now it is becoming a pattern where the republican President Donald Trump has taken proactive steps to derail the FBI’s Trump-Russian probe by first approaching the FBI Director James Comey by attempting to enlist his loyalty, then requesting for the FBI to lay off on investigating the former NSA adviser, General Mike Flynn, and finally firing the FBI director on 5/9/17.
Let’s not forget the president administration’s firing of the Department of Justice’s acting Attorney General Sally Yates on 1/30/17, for daring to do her job by reporting US national security issues about General Flynn continuing to work for the president as his national security adviser.
But now news outlets are reporting that the president also approached the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates and the Director of the NSA Admiral Mike Rogers to publicly state that he was not part of the Trump/ Russia probe.
There is nothing innocent about President Trump’s obvious tactics to direct the Trump/ Russian probe away from being focused on himself and/ or General Flynn.
Here is the rest of the story…
On 5/22/17, Adam Entous and Ellen Nakashima of the Washington Post have penned the following report, “Trump asked intelligence chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence.”
“Current and former senior intelligence officials viewed Trump’s requests as an attempt by the president to tarnish the credibility of the agency leading the Russia investigation.” A senior intelligence official said that Trump’s goal was to “muddy the waters” about the scope of the FBI probe at a time when Democrats were ramping up their calls for the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel, a step announced last week.
“The problem wasn’t so much asking them to issue statements, it was asking them to issue false statements about an ongoing investigation,” a former senior intelligence official said of the request to Coats.”
“The White House does not confirm or deny unsubstantiated claims based on illegal leaks from anonymous individuals,” a White House spokesperson said. “The president will continue to focus on his agenda that he was elected to pursue by the American people.”
“In addition to the requests to Coats and Rogers, senior White House officials sounded out top intelligence officials about the possibility of intervening directly with Comey to encourage the FBI to drop its probe of Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, according to people familiar with the matter. The officials said the White House appeared uncertain about its power to influence the FBI.”
“Can we ask him to shut down the investigation? Are you able to assist in this matter?” one official said of the line of questioning from the White House.”
“The new revelations add to a growing body of evidence that Trump sought to co-opt and then undermine Comey before he fired him May 9. According to notes kept by Comey, Trump first asked for his loyalty at a dinner in January and then, at a meeting the next month, asked him to drop the probe into Flynn. Trump disputes those accounts.”
“Current and former officials said either Trump lacks an understanding of the FBI’s role as an independent law enforcement agency or does not care about maintaining such boundaries.”
“Trump’s effort to use the director of national intelligence and the NSA director to refute Comey’s statement and to say there was no evidence of collusion echoes President Richard Nixon’s “unsuccessful efforts to use the CIA to shut down the FBI’s investigation of the Watergate break-in on national security grounds,” said Jeffrey H. Smith, a former general counsel at the CIA. Smith called Trump’s actions “an appalling abuse of power.”
“Trump made his appeal to Coats days after Comey’s testimony, according to officials.”
“That same week, Trump telephoned Rogers to make a similar appeal.”
“In his call with Rogers, Trump urged the NSA director to speak out publicly if there was no evidence of collusion, according to officials briefed on the exchange.”
“Rogers was taken aback but tried to respectfully explain why he could not do so, the officials said. For one thing, he could not comment on an ongoing investigation. Rogers added that he would not talk about classified matters in public.”
“Rogers met with Trump in New York shortly after the election, and Trump’s advisers at the time held him out as the leading candidate to be the next director of national intelligence.”
“In February, the Trump White House also sought to enlist senior members of the intelligence community and Congress to push back against suggestions that Trump associates were in frequent contact with Russian officials. But in that case, the White House effort was designed to refute news accounts, not the testimony of a sitting FBI director who was leading an open investigation.”
“As the director of national intelligence, Coats leads the vast U.S. intelligence community, which includes the FBI. But that does not mean he has full visibility into the FBI probe. Coats’s predecessor in the job, James R. Clapper Jr., recently acknowledged that Comey did not brief him on the scope of the Russia investigation. Similarly, it is unclear to what extent the FBI has brought Coats up to speed on the probe’s most sensitive findings.”