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Intel chiefs told investigators Trump asked them to publicly refute collusion with Russia

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Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers told Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team and Senate investigators that President Trump suggested they publicly state there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia, according to CNN.

Both Coats and Rogers told investigators that they did not act on Trump's suggestion, and described their interactions with the president as uncomfortable. 

According to CNN's sources, Coats and Rogers said that they did not believe the president gave them orders to interfere in the Russia investigation.

CNN has confirmed the interactions between the intelligence chiefs and Trump in March were prompted by the president. Sources say Rogers' interactions with Trump were documented in a memo but Coats did not document his conversations. 

These meetings came days after since-fired FBI Director James Comey publicly confirmed for the first time that a federal investigation was underway into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.


Trump has denounced allegations that Russia colluded with the his campaign to meddle in the U.S. election. On June 16, the president took to Twitter to state that no collusion occurred.

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