President Trump reportedly suggested that top intelligence officials say publicly there was no collusion between his campaign and the Russians.
CNN, citing multiple sources, reported Thursday that two of the nation’s top intelligence officials told Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team and Senate investigators about the president’s suggestion.
The comments from the intelligence officials came last week in separate interviews, according to the network.
Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDan CoatsTrump suggested top intel officials refute collusion with Russians: report Press: Worse than Nixon Overnight Cybersecurity: GOP contractor exposes data on 200M voters | Spyware targets Mexican journalists, advocates | White House hosts tech CEOs MORE and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers reportedly talked about their interactions with Trump as being “odd and uncomfortable,” CNN reported.
The two top intelligence officials though said, however, they don’t think Trump ordered them to interfere in the investigation into the Russian election meddling.
According to CNN, they said they were surprised that Trump would suggest they say publicly there was no collusion.
The president has repeatedly decried the Russia probe and denied collusion between his campaign and the Russians.
“After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my ‘collusion with the Russians,’ nobody has been able to show any proof. Sad!” Trump tweeted last week.
Earlier this month, both Rogers and Coates testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee and repeatedly refused to answer lawmakers’ questions about their conversations with Trump in an open setting, though both said they never felt pressured by the president.